Plans for next Colours event

Mayor Andrew Backhouse presents local chaities with cheques with funds raised from Night of the Colours night.Picture Richard Ponter 140342

Mayor Andrew Backhouse presents local chaities with cheques with funds raised from Night of the Colours night.Picture Richard Ponter 140342

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Around £12,000 has been handed out to local charities and good causes following Scarborough’s Night Before the Colours fundraising dinner.

The event last November took place at the Spa Complex and was attended by 280 people.

Funds have now been collected in and presented to representatives from the RNLI, Cambridge Centre, Firstlight Trust, Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund, Poppy Appeal and SSAFA (Soldier Sailor Airforce Association.

Tony Viney, one of the event’s organisers, said: “It was one of the fastest selling events we’ve done and we raised more per person than ever before.

“To hand the money over is so nice. I’m ex-Yorkshire Regiment myself and I’ve worked with some of these charities, so I know first-hand how much it means to people.

“It’s great how strongly people support the event because the proceeds have such a tangible effect.”

The theme for the fundraiser was “Heroes”, both civilian and military. It featured music by local artist Robyn Keech and an inspirational speech by Corporal Andy Reid, a triple amputee from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment.

There was also an auction on the night to win a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tower of London, donated by Lord Richard Dannet, Constable of the Tower.

The proceeds from the auction went to SSAFA, as per Lord Dannatt’s wishes.

The money given to the RNLI was also gratefully received and will go towards Scarborough’s “Supacat” appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £200,000 to buy a new launch and recovery vehicle for Scarborough’s new Shannon class lifeboat, due to arrive in 2015.

During the presentation at the Town Hall, coxswain Tom Clark and senior helmsman Rudi Barman accepted a £1,500 cheque on behalf of the RNLI.