Julie’s smile is an inspiration

Julie Brayshaw. Submitted.'23/03/2011
Julie Brayshaw. Submitted.'23/03/2011
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A STRIKING image of a woman from Filey has been included in a photographic exhibition entitled “Infinite Variety – Celebrating the Beauty of the Ageing Female Face”.

Julie Brayshaw’s picture, taken in St Oswald’s churchyard, is one of the photos included in a series of specially-commissioned portraits of “inspirational” women from the north of England.

The pictures were taken to celebrate 100 years of Women’s Weekly magazine, and their first showing was at a retirement event in Manchester earlier this month.

Julie had major surgery last July for skin cancer, requiring more than 35 stitches in her nose, cheek and the side of her face. She credits Dr Stables at Leeds General Infirmary for doing a “fantastic” job and giving her the confidence to face the world smiling again.

She particularly wanted to be part of the “Infinite Variety” project to publicise the ‘Skin, Sun, Protection’ campaign against cancer. Julie has been married three times – now to Kevin, a fireman. They have five children between them.

Julie said: “If someone looks at my smile and it makes them feel happy, then that’s what life’s about. I was a nursery nurse for a long time and I was taught that every child is unique and special. Surely that should carry on throughout our lives? We’re all unique and we should be valued and recognised for that.”

Women’s Weekly will be adding 100 more images to its collection through a photo competition being run by the magazine.