Military evening raises £24,000

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A MILITARY-STYLE evening held at Scarborough Spa raised a record £24,000 for armed forces charities.

The event, held earlier this month, saw 328 guests attend an officers’ mess-style four course meal lit only by candlelight.

In between courses guests were entertained by The Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers and Regimental Corp of Drums and a spectacular firework display, sponsored by Fire Work Events of Castle Road.

Scarborough’s Julie Hatton Dance group also performed with a singalong for everyone to join in before the close of the evening.

Captain Tony Viney, main military organiser of the Night Before the Colours evening, said: “As an ex-serviceman myself, I am deeply touched at the level of support this dinner night receives. It is yet another example of how Scarborough supports and appreciates what our soldiers are doing for us in the name of freedom. The money raised at the dinner will go towards helping local soldiers and their families that have suffered loss or injury as a result of conflict.

“I have strived to make the night bigger and better each year and have already started planning next year’s so watch this space.”

Donations will now be made to The Royal British Legion’s Scarborough Poppy Appeal and the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund. Some funding will also be set aside to support other armed forces projects.

The main sponsors of the event were Qdos Entertainment with additional sponsorships from various local business and individuals who could not attend on the night.

Special auction prizes included a diamond ring, sponsored by Griffins Jewellers of Bridlington, a visit to RAF Fylindales and special tickets to see a Manchester United match at Old Trafford.