On Friday 11th May 2012, the Oldham Mayor’s Civic and Charity Ball was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham. As Web Applications UK sponsored the event, a table was reserved for a lucky few to go along.
The annual ball is a fundraising event for the Mayor’s charities. This year’s chosen charities are Dr Kershaw’s Hospice, Promobility and Barnardo’s Oldham. Dr Kershaw’s Hospice provides a range of clinical specialist palliative care services for patients with non-curable, life-threatening illnesses, together with support and counselling for patients’ relatives and carers. Promobility is Oldham’s Shopmobility scheme which enables disabled people to access town centre shops and services independently using powered motor scooters or wheelchairs. Barnardo’s Oldham provides help and support to some of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children throughout the borough.
A champagne reception and the Boarshurst Brass Band greeted us as we arrived. We then sat down to a delicious dinner before the Mayor and Mayoress took the stage. Councillor Richard Knowles and Mrs Valerie Knowles expressed a heartfelt thank you to everyone for attending and contributing. A raffle took place with some impressive prizes including a 37” LCD TV. While nobody from the Web Apps table won anything, we weren’t too disappointed as the money is going towards such great causes.
Musical entertainment for the evening was Planet Abba and DJ Derek Clayton. Planet Abba performed renditions of all the Abba favourites, enticing everyone onto the dance floor. Full of revelations, Craig Dean soberly admitted that he’s a huge Abba fan and was once a Latin dancing champion! He was given chance to prove this as DJ Derek showed off his eclectic music collection. Starting with music for ballroom dancing and ending with recent floor fillers.
In between the entertainment, Martyn Torr, Business Editor of the Oldham Chronicle held a charity auction. Various items were up for sale including a Pandora bracelet, a signed Manchester United football and a signed cricket bat which Sophia almost bid on during an expressive conversation.
The drinks and laughter flowing freely, everyone had a great night. The Mayor sure knows how to throw a party!