‘Amazing’ Whitby ball raises over £6,000

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Whitby’s third White Lily Ball has been roundly hailed the best one ever.

The event, which was this year switched to the Stables, has made more than £6,000 to be split between St Catherine’s Hospice, Butterwick Hospice and Zoe’s Place.

And money from the auction has yet to be counted up, with some of the top prizes - including the chance to be roadie to rock star Bryan Adams - going under the hammer for £300.

Organiser Lucy Bowes, who fund-raises in memory of her late parents, said: “People who came to the ball that I didn’t know have been tweeting about it, they enjoyed themselves so much.

“It was just brilliant - an absolutely fantastic night.

“There are many people wanting to buy tickets for next year.”

Among those delighted with the success of the evening were local band The Northern Monkeys - not only did they fill the dancefloor as soon as they came on, they were thrilled to be playing to a home crowd and are keen to return for next year’s ball.

The overall tally includes money raised from the ball, which took place last Friday night with father and daughter act Reece and Seona as comperes, and other money-spinning events throughout the year.

Lucy also thanked the Stables for being excellent hosts.

See Friday’s Whitby Gazette for two pages of photos from the ball.