The premier event in the Lancaster and District Group’s social calendar took place this year in the magnificent Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, Garstang, where members from the group, their partners and friends thoroughly enjoyed themselves at the annual group ball.
It is the first time the group ball has been held at Wyrebank, offering charming views of the Lancaster canal basin as well as being furnished to a high standard, it proved to be the ideal location.
On arrival, each guest was offered a glass of ‘Buck’s Fizz’ and once everybody had taken their seats for dinner, the director of ceremonies for the evening Nigel Parrish, announced the entrance of the group chairman Neil McGill accompanied by his wife Lorraine, the group vice chairman Scott Devine with his wife Karen and the group secretary Chris Larder with his wife Clare.
Neil was delighted to welcome everyone and paid tribute to Steve Plevey for his hard work in organising another successful event and also Nigel for making sure the evening ran effortlessly.
With the tables cleared and glasses replenished, one and all settled down to a wonderful evening of song and music provided by the superb entertainer Paul Day and it wasn’t long before the guests were dancing the night away.
An enduring feature of the evening is the ‘Whisky Draw’ with prizes including bottles of Bells Whisky, Famous Grouse Whisky, Gordon’s Gin and Courvoisier VS Cognac, which, together with the raffle, raised the incredible sum of £785 for charity. The star prize in the raffle, amongst many other wonderful prizes, was an Amazon Echo Dot, which was won by Sue Earl.
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.