by MARY MAGEE
Mark Thomson of 3rd
Battalion, The Royal
Military Police, based at
Lisburn's Thiepval Barracks,
had to step in and arrest
Lucy Pargeter (aka Chastity
Dingle( as she had not
completed her release
paperwork from the Army at
the Emmerdale Extravaganza
among the glittering case of Emmerdale, little Maze girl Georgia
Cocking was the brightest star at an event for the Anthony Nolan
Trust at the weekend. Georgia mingled with the stars who play
Eric Pollard, Chastity Dingle and Purdy Sinclair at the
Emmerdale Extravaganza at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
in Cultra on Saturday and afterwards at a special function at
the Culloden Hotel.
Georgia, who was diagnosed with chronic
myeloid leukaemia in October 2006 had a transplant in April 2007
after a bone marrow donor was located by the Anthony Nolan
Trust, was praised by director of the Trust George Walker at the
all star function.
He reminded everyone the reason why they were
all there because of the likes of Georgia, who had a transplant
thanks to an unidentified American man.
Private Neil Craig of The Parachute
Regiment, originally from Lisburn with children from
Kilross Primary School, Tobermore, who were on a day
out at the Emmerdale Extravaganza.
Lisburn girl, Laura Livingston with
Emmerdale's Paul Lambert (Matthew Bose) enjoying an
afternoon at The Woolpack' at the Emmerdale
Georgia's mum Debbie recalled how she had
first got in touch with the Trust.
"I contacted them because we were told that a
bone marrow transplant was the only option.
"Neither myself, my husband or Georgia's
brother were a match, but the Anthony Nolan Trust found a match
"The events at the weekend were fantastic and
Georgia had a great time -she took part in the fashion show and
at the function in the evening the Director spoke highly of
Georgia, saving how she was such a special little girl. Both
events were fantastic - I just cannot put it into words.
"The events were important not only to raise
funds but also to highlight the need for people to put their
name on the register."
Debbie abseiled 70 feet and with help from
her family raised £3,500 for the Trust.
As well as a fashion show there were a
variety of activities for all the family including a fun run,
five a side football, fairground attractions, battle enactments
and a Go Loopy air challenge.
Dunmurry lady Carol Shaw
along with her grand daughter Emily met the
stars from ITV's Emmerdale recently at
theEmmerdale Extravaganza Event held at the
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at CuKra.
Pictured with them are cast members, from
left, Paddy Kirk, (played by Dominic Brunt),
Ashley Thomas (played by John Middleton),
Marlon Dingle, (played by Mark Charnock) and
Diane Sugden (played by Elizabeth Estensen.).
Also pictured is Clare Livingstone of Flybe,
the airline partner for the event.