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Fiona Durnin - winner of the Cutting Edge's princess bride contest

Winning bride Fiona Durnin with the Cutting Edge directors

The winner of the Cutting Edge Hair and Beauty Salon’s Bridal Princess competition was announced at the ‘Fantasy Fairytale’ evening at The Gallery – Rye Hill Golf Club on Thursday 31st March 2011.  The winning bride was Fiona Durnin of Banbury, who is marrying her fiancée Neil on August 6th 2011.

Fiona has won a hair and beauty wedding package: free hair and beauty trial prior to her wedding.  And on her wedding day in August, she will have her make-up created and hair styled by the salon’s bridal specialists.

The event was held to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding.  A percentage of the ticket sales and the raffle proceeds have been donated to Tiago’s fund.  Four-year old Tiago Dos Santos from Banbury has cerebral palsy.  The fund has been set up to raise funds for his treatment.  Over £300 was raised on the night and The Cutting Edge has committed to raise a total of £750 for Tiago’s cause.

The Fantasy Fairytale evening started with the announcement of the three finalists in the bridal competition.  They were chosen from the ten brides who entered.  The two runners-up were Samantha Cross and Karen Corbett, both from Banbury.  All three finalists modelled for the Cutting Edge’s wedding hair styling demonstration.  Three of the salon’s stylists worked with the brides, giving them a hair make-over during the evening.

As well as watching the hair demonstrations, the audience had the opportunity to look round the displays and talk to wedding suppliers who had co-sponsored the event.  Close-up magician Richard Young from Oxford entertained and astounded everyone with his dazzling repertoire of magic tricks.   Balloon and bridal flower specialist The Balloon Lady,  decorated the venue, and Bucks Fizz and canapes were provided by Rye Hill Golf  Club.  Wedding cupcakes were proved by Cakes for All.

The evening’s finale started with a bridal fashion compered by Chipping Norton business man and presenter, Ken Norman.  The wedding gowns were provided by Banbury’s Katherine Allen and the men’s wear by Henrys of Banbury.

The winning bride was announced at the end of the evening.  All three finalists were presented with a bottle of champagne by Kirsty Pearce, salon director of The Cutting Edge.  The winner, Fiona Durnin, was presented with a bouquet of flowers.  All three finalists also won a studio photo sitting and free portrait with local wedding photographer, Fiona Baker.

Kirsty Pearce from the Cutting Edge said, “All our salon staff were involved in choosing the winning bride. We had asked all the brides to tell us why they wanted to win the competition and this was used for the judging.  Fiona Durnin’s reasons were so compelling, several members of our team were moved to tears.  We would like to thank everyone who took part: the brides, all the guests on the night, and of course all our sponsors.”

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Notes to Editors

Image: Fiona Durnin (centre) with The Cutting Edge Directors, Jayne Wells (left) and Kirsty Pearce (right). Photograph provided by Fiona Baker Photography.  High resolutions images available.

The Cutting Edge Hair & Beauty Salon in Rotary Way, Banbury, will shortly be celebrating its 4th birthday. The salon employs 14 stylists and beauty therapists, including long hair and bridal specialists.

The Bridal Princess contest is open to brides of all ages who are planning their wedding before October 2013. Entry to the contest is free. Brides will need to attend the Bridal Fantasy Fairytale Evening where the winner will be announced.

The Bridal Fantasy Fairytale Evening will be held at The Gallery – Rye Hill Golf Club on Thursday 31st March 2011 at 7.30, where the winner of the contest will be announced. The evening is being sponsored by Greg Heath of Rye Hill, Fiona Baker Photography and other local wedding specialists.

Included in the evening will be a Bucks Fizz reception and light buffet and wedding cupcakes, hair and beauty demonstrations, and a fashion show finale.

The 3 finalists of the Bridal Princess contest will be announced at the start of the evening. Each bride will be presented with a bottle of bubbly and have her hair and make-up done by The Cutting Edge bridal team. Once their make-over is complete, the finalists will have the opportunity to pose for photographs taken by professional photographer, Fiona Baker. The two runners-up will receive a free 8 x 6 portrait picture.

The winning bride will be announced at the end of the evening. She will be presented with flowers and her wedding hair & beauty voucher. The winning bride will also receive a 10 x 8 professional photograph, taken on the evening by Fiona Baker.

For more information, please contact:

Kirsty Pearce / Jayne Wells
The Cutting Edge Salon Director

The Gallery, Ryehill Golf Club, Milcombe, Banbury.
31st March 2011.  7.30 – 10pm

Wedding photography by Fiona Baker

Photograph by kind permission of Fiona Baker

The Cutting Edge Hair and Beauty Salon in Banbury  has nominated Banbury’s Tiago and Alison’s fund as the benefiting good cause at its ‘Fantasy Fairytale’ bridal evening at The Gallery – Rye Hill Golf Club on Thursday 31st March 2011.

The Cutting Edge directors were moved by the story of four-year old Tiago Dos Santos and his mother Alison and their appeal.  Tiago, who lives in Banbury with his mother, has cerebral palsy.  The fund has been set up to raise funds for his treatment at London’s Bobath Centre, to help pay for additional physiotherapy, and other specialist equipment.   Tiago’s father Paulo, was killed in a road accident in 2006.

A percentage of the ticket price will be donated to the fund.  Included in the Bridal Fantasy Fairytale evening’s entertainment will be a raffle draw.  Prizes are being donated by the event sponsors.  The star prize is a set of TheO heated rollers worth around £200.  Other prizes include a £100 voucher from The Cutting Edge in Banbury and  50% venue discount donated by The Gallery, Rye Hill Golf Club.

The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the winner of the Bridal Princess competition.  Entries are still being taken and forms are available from

Tickets are available from The Cutting Edge, Rotary Way and Henry’s of Banbury in the High Street.

Included in the evening’s entertainment will be hair and beauty demonstrations, and a fashion show with bridal wear from Katherine Allen and Henry’s of Banbury.  Close-up magician Richard Young, will be on-hand to perform his magic for the audience.

Fifteen local companies are co-sponsoring the event.  These include wedding photographer Fiona Baker, and the Balloon Lady. Cakes for All will be providing bridal cupcakes on the night.  The event will be compèred by Ken Norman of Chipping Norton’s Best Man Boot Camp, which provides speech writing and delivery training for wedding speeches.

Cutting Edge director Kirsty Pearce said, “We wanted to support a local charity at this event and when we heard about Tiago and Alison, they were the obvious choice.  Our event sponsors are generously donating raffle prizes so we’re looking forward to helping swell their fund.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £7.50 and include a Bucks Fizz reception and light buffet.  Each person attending the event will be presented with a free ‘Wedding Welcome Pack’ which includes a pair of Pilgrim earrings worth £10 per pair, donated by Lilly Maes Gift Boutique of Brackley.

The event’s sponsors include:

The Gallery, Rye Hill Golf Club

Fiona Baker Photography
Katherine Allen Bridal Wear
The Balloon Lady
Henrys of Banbury
Ken Norman: Best Man Boot Camp
Cakes for All
The Sweet Company
Banbury Wedding Cars
KNR Jewellery:
Richard Young Magic
Blueice Roadshow
Lilly Maes Gift Boutique: Brackley
Fresh FX Video Production

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