Fashion Show: It's Smiles All Round from Men and Women Who Are the REAL Faces of Merseyside; Susan Lee Meets the ECHO Show Models
1 SUE Heyes is a 37-year-old district nurse from Cronton and entered our search for a reader model in a bid to out-do her 15-year-old son.
"He took part in the show as a child model last year and thoroughly enjoyed it but he often tells me: 'I've been in the ECHO and you haven't!'
"Well, now I'm proving him wrong! "
Sue has just graduated from JMU with an MSc and also has a six-year-old daughter.
2 A SPUR of the moment decision saw Angela Pascoe enter our competition.
The 43-year-old mum of four from Old Swan came to the audition to support her daughter who had also entered and decided to have a go herself.
Now the health care assistant at the Liverpool Women's Hospital is looking forward to taking to the catwalk.
"I do like fashion and prefer smart, casual clothes. I can't believe I've been chosen."
3 THE sweet smell of success is nothing new to 18-year-old Michael Chan from Edge Hill - he works in The Fragrance Shop in the city centre.
"I've never modelled before but I have been approached. I thought I'd give it a go but didn't tell anyone about it - now I've spent all my mobile 'phone credit on texting my mates to tell them I'm through."
4 A PASSION for fashion saw 27-year-old Vicki Stone come to the audition to impress the judges with her big smile.
Originally from the Rhondda Valley she moved to Liverpool to be with her partner with whom she has a six-month-old baby Andrew.
"I'd love to travel and make modelling my career. I've done a bit of work before and hopefully the ECHO show will be another step forward for me."
5 HAVING worked full time for 38 years and recently retired from Royal Sun Alliance Kathy Williams was looking for a new outlet.
"When I read the story about reader models I thought, 'why not?' I've not really had the time for a social life or hobbies in the past so this is my chance," says Kathy, 54 from Allerton who has two sons.
"I have time on my hands so I came along to give it a go - and I'm very glad I did."
6 DAVE Williams loves a challenge so despite having never modelled before decided to audition - and was chosen.
The 36-year-old from Walton, who has a four-year-old daughter, works with autistic children.
"I was nervous but I like a challenge. My partner encouraged me to go along and now I'm really glad I went for it."
7 & 8 MARRIED for 39 years Anne and Dave McCormick from Wool ton never intended to be in the show as a team.
"Dave came along to support me and got roped in to have a go - and here we are!" says Anne, who is 59 and an area manager for a housing trust.
Anne says she decided to apply on the basis of a family photo of her and her sister - "where we just look like we're having fun" and was thrilled to be chosen.
"I've always loved fashion and clothes' when I was younger all my wages went in a shop called Lucinda Byers in Liverpool," she remembers.
As for 63-year-old printer's assistant Dave he isn't sure how the kids will take the news.
"They'll probably say, 'at your age' but I suppose that's what's good about the ECHO fashion show - it doesn't matter how old you are you can still get up there and have a go."
9 PERFORMING arts student Melissa Schumann from Fazakerley admits to being surprised at having got through to our final 16. …