Friday, 3 February 2012

Come along to a glittering night to remember

Worcester’s Mayor David Tibbutt is inviting people to dust off their glad rags and get all dressed up for a glittering charity night celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

There are still some tickets left for the Annual Mayor’s Charity Dinner at the Guildhall on Friday 10 February in aid of his chosen charities this year - Leukaemia Care and Worcester Farmers’ Overseas Action Group - and the Rotary Club of Worcester charities.

The evening, called “A Diamond Celebration Dinner”, is being planned on the theme of a “posh street party” reflecting the 1950s and the Queen’s accession to the throne. Guests are being given the chance to don 1950s fancy dress or black tie and there will be a mystery prize awarded on the night for the best outfit.

The guest speaker will be one of Worcester’s best loved treasures - ceramics expert, world authority on Worcester porcelain and broadcaster Henry Sandon MBE.

The Worcestershire Poet Laureate Theo Theobald, who was chosen as Poet Laureate at the inaugural Worcestershire Literary Festival last summer, has written a poem especially for the occasion and will recite it at the dinner.

Cllr Dr Tibbutt said: “This is a very special year. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee gives us the chance to make my major charity fund-raising event a truly spectacular and glamorous occasion.

“I hope people will get into the spirit of this by digging out their 1950s attire and joining me in the Assembly Room at the Guildhall for our street party dinner. It should be great fun.”

Apart from the dinner there will be a grand draw, tombola and an auction conducted by Gerard Smith from Andrew Grant. The lots include a guided tour of the House of Lords with Lord Faulkner of Worcester plus tea in the Peers’ Dining Room; a 1987 cricket bat signed by the England and Pakistan test teams (including Ian Botham); tea at the House of Commons with Robin Walker MP plus a tour of the House of Commons and a Honda lawn mower plus other items.

Tickets cost £34.10s.0d (in 1950s money) or £34.50 and are available from the Mayor’s Secretary Susan O’Kane on 01905 722001 or e-mail The event starts at 6.45pm for 7.30pm.

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