New Year’s charity ball raises £1,700

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DAZZLING dresses and handsome suits graced The Apex on Saturday as party-goers revelled at the Mayor of St Edmundsbury’s New Year’s Eve Charity Ball.

The Mayor, Cllr Christopher Spicer, said he was hoping to have raised close to £1,500, with the raffle alone raising more than £1,100 and donations and dinner profits on top.

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But on Tuesday a total of £1,700 was announced.

“I was impressed with the generosity of Bury businesses in giving the raffle prizes,” he said, with items ranging from hampers and soft furnishings to jewellery and wine.

“It was a huge success and The Apex was a brilliant venue for the occasion.”

Around 160 guests took part in the festivities, arriving for a Bucks Fizz reception before enjoying a four course dinner provided by Roff, dancing with entertainment by The Eddie Seales Band,and midnight celebrations with bubbly and Hopes balloons.

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But it was not just a new year that was being toasted come midnight, the mayor’s secretary, Jenny Bradin, said goodbye to her post after 10 years, welcoming Ruth Pusterla in her place.

The proceeds of the ball will go to the Mayor’s chosen – charities, St John Ambulance and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.