Black ties, flames, pumpkins and fireworks were the order of the night at R.A.B.I’s Bonfire Ball at the Heather Glen Country House in Ainstable. More than 130 guests packed into the beautifully decorated venue to raise a whopping £9,570.
An auction raised more than £5,500 and there were some top-notch prizes. Staunch R.A.B.I supporter Pat Turnbull offered to cook dinner for 10 people at her home in Southwaite near Carlisle – and the bidding for this highly personal lot rose to £1,200. The amount of money raised certainly put the icing on the cake of Pat’s term as chair of R.A.B.I’s Cumbrian committee. Also up for grabs on the night were four tickets for the Six Nations Calcutta Cup rugby match between England and Scotland, which sold for over £1,000.
Georgina Lamb, R.A.B.I regional manager for the North West, said: “I’m delighted with the success of this event and the support shown by both the farming community and local businesses. The night was a sell-out. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.”
Fireworks, sponsored by the Lloyd Group, lit up the night sky and a three-course meal was served to diners when they came in from the cold. The successful auction of promises was hosted by The Farmer Network MD Adam Day, who later put on his ‘musical hat’ to pack the dance-floor and groove the night away with his popular ‘Soul Survivors’ band.
Pictured above are (left to right) Chris Holmes, Neil Wainwright and Thomas Fisher. Pictured on the right are Pat Turnbull (left) and Georgina Lamb (right).
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