Hollyoaks star Lucy Dixon helps Manchester celebrate all things ginger at UK’s first Redhead Day

By Gabriella Swerling

Hollyoaks hottie Lucy Dixon celebrated her luscious locks at the weekend with hundreds of her fellow flame-haired friends at the UK’s first National Redhead Day in Manchester.

The actress – who plays Tilly Evans in the sexy soap – flew the red flag high with her message of support for gingers at the Printworks.

She said: “The event is a great reason to celebrate, and sends out a strong message to people of all ages… Redheads definitely have more fun!”

The free event – which offered a red-hot line-up of magic, music and motivational speakers – was compered by rusty-haired royalty, Alan Hayes, 35, who was appointed King of the Irish Redheads.

Event organiser and fiery redhead Jessica Shailes, 29, said she hoped the event brought online redhead communities together – and out in the open.

She said: “There is a lot to celebrate about having red hair but we also face unique challenges. Being a redhead can feel quite isolating.

“There’s usually a reason for someone to choose to be a redhead. They feel like, suddenly when they change their hair colour to red, they’ve come home.”

Set against a backdrop of projected slides championing ginger celebs such as Sharon Osbourne and Nicola Roberts, guests downed ginger beers and Flaming Redhead cocktails.

Whilse some dyed their hair especially for the event, those less gutsy blondes and brunettes were all invited to join in on the ginge – with orange wigs provided for everyone.

Ginger wig-wearing waitress, Niamh Foley, 20, said: “I always wanted to look like Florence Welch, from Florence and the Machine, but I’ve never had the balls to actually dye my hair.”

Red-headed blogger, Charlie Hooson-Sykes, 34, has always preferred being ginger – and regularly dyes her hair.

She said: “I remember there was this girl in my class at school with beautiful red hair – I was always so jealous.”

National Redhead Day hopes to return next year to an even bigger ginger audience.

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