The Fancy Dress Ball raises funds for Maggie's Centre
PUBLISHED: 10:16 31 March 2017
Over £17,000 was raised at a glorious costume ball in Manchester in aid of a local cancer support charity.
Bethan Evans, Adrian Ellis (General Manager of the Lowry Hotel), Carolyn Mellor (Maggie's) and Paul Sleem (Compere)
Swing and jazz singer, Beverley Taylor
Christine Sherburne and Rita Szeibert
William Crane, Carolyn Mellor, Dario Cottingham and Jemma Halman
Berndt Edmonds, Maureen Edmonds, Andrew Spinoza and Louise Taylor
Chris and Sharon Eversfield with Paul and Louise Taylor
Phil Woods, Geri Woods, Pamela Woodburn, Audrey Ellis, Andrea Bardsley, Mark Bardsley and Adrian Ellis
Michael Travers, Emma Trimble and Stephen Crocker
Sharry and Amin Amiri
Amin Amiri, David Whitehouse, Lisa Whitehouse and Sharry Amiri
Laura Beckett and Kelly Duckworth
Andrea Baron, Laura Bell, Bobby Bell and Michelle Taylor-Grice
Rita Szeibert and Emma Badger
Justine McGuinn, Jill Burdett and Lisa Ashurst
Salma Ahmed and Iqbal Ahmed OBE
Sinead Collins, Jill Burdett and Janine Watson
Connie Lam, Lorraine Gower, Rashmi Durve, Vanita Tandon and Sally O'Loughlin
Partygoers at The Lowry Hotel dressed in period costume for the first of what is hoped will become a glamorous annual fixture in the social calendar. The theme was inspired by an Arthur Perigal painting ‘The Fancy Dress Ball’, which depicted an event in 1828 at the Assembly Rooms on Mosley Street in the city centre.
After a drinks reception and gourmet dinner, bewigged dandies and sharp-suited soldiers took to the dance floor and boogied the night away with bejewelled Regency and Edwardian ladies and even 1920s flapper girls.
Part of the cash raised came from a lively auction and raffle. Prizes snappped up included a Manchester United shirt, signed by the current first team, which raised £675. A Rourke Van Dal limited edition David Bowie portrait donated by Attitude Gallery in Congleton, raised £650.
All the money raised is for Maggie’s Centre, which opened last year in the grounds of The Christie. The centre, which gives emotional, practical and social support to cancer patients and their families, receives no government funding or resources.
The Royal Exchange Theatre and Cheshire Life were among several key supporters of the occasion.
Maggie’s board members Janine Watson and Carolyn Mellor, were thrilled by the success of the occasion. They said: ‘We’re delighted that Maggie’s can benefit from this stunning extravaganza. Thanks to everyone at The Lowry Hotel and to everyone who supported the gala ball.
‘It was great to see everyone in the most beautiful costumes. Congratulations to all involved, especially the Royal Exchange Theatre’s costume hire. Our guests had a wonderful evening and were really happy to have been involved in such a unique, glamorous event. Thanks to all who supported it so generously.’