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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Actor Billy puts on the glam for breast cancer charities

A Seaton actor has organised a glitzy ball to raise money for breast cancer charities.

Billy Walker, 31, has named the fund-raising event Betty’s Big Bling Ball in honour of his grandmother Betty, of Croftfield Road.

Betty, 73, is well known in the community because of her distinctive purple and pink hair and her involvement in the life of the church.

Billy said: “Everyone loves her. We have made it a purple and pink theme as her hair’s purple and pink.

“Pink also ties in well with raising money for breast cancer charities.

“I am trying to make it have a bit of glitz and glam and we want everyone to have fun.”

The event will be held in the upstairs room of Seaton Royal British Legion Club in Low Seaton from 7.30pm on Friday, July 5.

Performing in Cumbria for the first time will be drag act Dream Girls from Turkey, fresh from a season of Funny Girls in Blackpool.

Billy will also be singing classics from the likes of Frank Sinatra and will serenade his sister Yasmim Shamim, who will be celebrating her 16th birthday.

He added that the night would have a couple of surprises in store.

Betty said: “It’s for a worthy cause and I’m really looking forward to it.

“If you have a talent it is a wonderful thing to use to help somebody else, and Billy does this every time he comes home. He is the most fantastic grandson, and so thoughtful and caring.”

The last major fund-raising event organised by Billy was the Big Christmas Cracker at Workington’s Carnegie Theatre, which was prompted by the breast cancer battle of his aunt Tracy Nicholson.

The show, which featured a performance from Toni Warne of TV’s The Voice, raised more than £1,000 for breast cancer charities.

Billy said: “People ask me all the time ‘when are you doing something else?’”

So he decided to hold another event for cancer charities and dedicate this one to his grandmother.

This event’s dress code is purple and pink or glitz and glam, although traditional black and white ball attire will also pass muster.

Of the 150 tickets available, more than 100 have already been sold. They cost £5 and are available from the legion or £7 on the night.

Billy has just returned from six months of acting in Los Angeles where he has performed in two films and a play.

He will star alongside Deborah Geffner in Shallow Breathing, due to be staged in Hollywood this September.

He has also played a gay man with a daughter in a short film called Birthday Girl, and a British doctor in second film called Ruination.

He is due to return to America in a fortnight where he plans to further his acting career.

Billy has been studying his craft at the Raw Acting Studio on Santa Monica Boulevard and at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio, which honed the talents of Charlize Theron, Brad Pitt and Jon Voight.

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