Night of miltary splendour proves a force-ful fundraising event

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THOUSANDS of pounds have been passed on to deserving causes following Scarborough’s Night Before the Colours event.

The military-style fundraiser took place in November at the Spa Complex, raising an impressive total of £24,000.

It featured a mess-style four course meal, entertainment by The Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers and Regimental Corp of Drums and a spectacular firework display.

Organisers have now handed £4,000 to both the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion Scarborough Poppy Appeal.

Captain Tony Viney, one of the organisers, said: “It was a great evening and everybody seemed to enjoy it.

“The turnout was off the scale and I can only say thank you to everyone who attended.

“As an ex-soldier myself I can see the good it can do and I know that it means a lot to people.”

He continued: “The amount raised was incredible. I didn’t expect it to be anything like that.

“But the support for the military in Scarborough is always great.

“We’re very, very happy.”

Mr Viney added that Scarborough’s support for the forces also manifests itself every year on Armed Forces Day, which attracts thousands of people to Scarborough’s South Bay each year.

He also said that the Heroes’ Welcome scheme, which began in Scarborough, is has now gone national and has been taken on in London.

A cheque for £4,000 was also presented to the Royal British Legion Scarborough Poppy Appeal.

Coordinator Beryl Anderson said: “We felt, as a local charity, very honoured that they’d chosen our charity to receive the donation.

“We feel very privileged as there are a lot of other charities in Scarborough.

“It’s a large amount of money which will go towards the welfare of all service personnel and their dependants and families.”

Mrs Anderson added that Scarborough’s Poppy Appeal so far stands at over £60,000. It will run until the end of September this year.

She said: “It’s the highest total since I took over five years ago.

“Last time the total was £59,000 and that was at the end of September!

“It’s absolutely amazing and I’m astounded by people’s generosity.”