RAISING THEIR HATS: Founding queen Lynette Hoskins-Meech of the Classy Ladies of Redbank will be officially crowned at a Red Hat Society coronation on Friday, September 20. Up to 10 queens from local branches will be present at the event.
RAISING THEIR HATS: Founding queen Lynette Hoskins-Meech of the Classy Ladies of Redbank will be officially crowned at a Red Hat Society coronation on Friday, September 20. Up to 10 queens from local branches will be present at the event. Claudia Baxter

Queen Hoskins-Meech ready for Red Hat Society reign

REDBANK Plains will be rolling out the red carpet this week, as the suburb welcomes royalty from across Queensland.

Dozens of queens from Red Hat Society chapters state-wide have been invited to attend the coronation of the society's newest queen, Lynne Hoskins-Meech.

The 69-year-old, who joined the society last year, established a new chapter in the Redbank Plains area.

As such, she has secured her self-proclaimed royal title of queendom and will be inducted next week.

"I signed up with the society about a year ago, but realised that there were no chapters set up in the north-eastern area of Ipswich," she said.

"So I decided to register a new chapter and already have a dozen members."

The Red Hat Society is a global network of women who greet middle age with humour, amusement and energy.

They enjoy acting silly and child like while wearing red hats and purple outfits. Their calendar of events is filled with tea parties, birthday celebrations, parades and numerous social outings.

Mrs Hoskins-Meech said for many women, the group was an integral part of their social lives.

"Our chapter is called The Classy Ladies of Redbank," she said.

"For my crowning, I requested all other attending queens wear their royal attire.''

The grandmother of two said members from chapters as far as Clifton to the Gold Coast and to the Sunshine Coast had confirmed they would attend.

Mrs Hoskins-Meech said she planned to use the event as an opportunity to also raise money for breast cancer research.

"It's a cause that our group is very passionate about so we will be selling jewellery and ribbons on the day,'' she said.

Mrs Hoskins-Meech invited members of the community to come along to her "red hat'' coronation which is to be held at the Redbank Plains Tavern at 11am on Friday.

For more information about the event or the Red Hat Society phone Lynne on 3814 2997.



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