TV star becomes mum’s very own genie on VIP shopping trip

Sunderland Empire panto star Alison Hammond shops with competition winner Lorna Machin in Yours, The Bridges, Sunderland.
Sunderland Empire panto star Alison Hammond shops with competition winner Lorna Machin in Yours, The Bridges, Sunderland.
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Christmas came early for Echo reader Lorna Machin when she won our festive competition.

The mum-of-one from East Boldon got to rub shoulders with panto star Alison Hammond who helped her pick out a festive outfit after she won a personalised shopping experience with Alison at Yours Clothing, plus £200 to spend.

Sunderland Empire panto star Alison Hammond shops with competition winner Lorna Machin in Yours, The Bridges, Sunderland.

Sunderland Empire panto star Alison Hammond shops with competition winner Lorna Machin in Yours, The Bridges, Sunderland.

We teamed up with the Bridges-based store and Sunderland Empire for the competition, which also included a family ticket to Aladdin.

Lorna says she often watches Alison on ITV’s This Morning, so it was a treat to meet her in real life.

“She was lovely, really bubbly, just like she is on television,” said Lorna.

Lorna added: “I had a really great day and Alison helped me pick out a lovely outfit for Christmas. The staff at Yours Clothing were lovely too.”

As part of her prize, Lorna went to see Aladdin last night, which is flying high at the High Street West theatre until January 3.

Alison stars as Slave of the Ring, alongside Coronation Street’s Terence Maynard as Abanazar and children’s favourite Derek Moran, from Channel 5’s Milkshake, as Wishee Washee.

Lorna took along daughter Carole, friend Joanna and her daughter, Sophie Dunn, six, to the show.

“It was Sophie’s first time at the panto so it was great to see her reaction,” said Lorna.

A spokeswoman for Sunderland Empire said: “It was great to team up with Yours Clothing Sunderland to bring festive cheer to one lucky reader this pantomime season.

“Lorna was delighted to have won the VIP shopping experience with Alison Hammond and was donning her new clothes at Aladdin.”