£3,500 raised for charity at dinner and dance

£3,500 raised for charity at dinner and dance

The event, which took place at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge and was sponsored by car dealership Barretts, was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Canterbury Cllr Colin Spooner and the Lady Mayoress Julie Spooner.

The prestigious annual Dinner and Dance raises money for the Lady Mayoress’ Charity which this year is supporting the Strode Park Foundation and SNAAP (Special Needs Advisory and Activity Project).

More than 100 people attended including commanding officer of the 3PWRR Lt Col Brennan Dwyer, President of the Canterbury branch of the Royal British Legion Gerry Ferrett, Chairman of the Canterbury branch of the Royal British Legion Eric Hearn and the new Chief Executive of the Kent County Cricket Club Simon Storey.

Guests enjoyed confit duck, walnut and date terrine or citrus cured salmon with pine nuts and kohlrabi for starter.

The main course consisted of maple-braised beef brisket with wholegrain mustard dauphinoise and a cep jus, hake with buttered new potatoes, dill oil, beurre blanc or a mushroom and tarragon wellington with a tarragon jus.

For dessert, guests ate white chocolate blondie, coffee panna cotta with chocolate soil or caramelized apple cake with cinnamon chantilly.

Before dancing the night away to the high-energy and soulful sounds of GrooveZoo, a silent auction raised hundreds of pounds with prizes generously donated by the Marlowe Theatre, Elham Treehouse, Kent County Cricket Club, the Housden Family, Fitzgerald Jewellers, the Dean and Chapter and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury.

Cllr Spooner said: “Thank you to everyone, including our sponsors and those who donated raffle or silent auction prizes, who helped us raise money for two incredible charities.

“Julie and I are in awe of the wonderful work they both do to make a difference to the lives of disabled children and adults at the same time as supporting their families.”

Published: 25 March 2019

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