Everybody gets in spirit of things at casino night

Chairman  of Morecambe Carnival  organising committee David Brayshaw.
Chairman of Morecambe Carnival organising committee David Brayshaw.

We had our Carnival Casino Night last week at The Globe Arena and what a brilliant night it turned out to be.

We had around 170 guests, all looking fabulous in black tie and evening dress and we were looked after splendidly by Morecambe Football Club.

Everyone eventually moved upstairs to the Wright and Lord suite to sit down to dinner and, whilst I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of the evening with dull speeches, I did feel I should say a few words of thanks before the evening really got started

The food and service were what you would expect from a top notch establishment like The Globe and the casino tables and croupiers, kindly provided by Brian and Lucie at R Leisure, added the excitement.

Glamour was provided by the fabulous showgirls and the ‘icing on the cake’ was Michael Glen, the Morecambe MC, who greeted our guests and assisted the brilliant Danny Matthews in hosting the evening.

It was so important that everything went well because this was the first of what we hope will be an annual fundraising event.

On arrival our guests were welcomed to the evening’s entertainment by Michael and the showgirls with a free glass of bubbly.

They were then invited to play the gaming tables using ‘funny money’ so no real money changed hands, this was strictly just for fun.

Even so, our guests really entered into the spirit of it and some got really quite competitive.

Everyone eventually moved upstairs to the Wright and Lord suite to sit down to dinner and, whilst I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of the evening with dull speeches, I did feel I should say a few words of thanks before the evening really got started.

I do try and memorise my words as much as possible and I thought that I was quite ‘polished’ however, Martin Cordingley was videoing the event and he’s since told me that it was the longest six minutes of his life.

I have to confess that he’s posted a short clip of my speech on Facebook and I can never work out how a camera can add four stone and turn my witty address into a dull lecture.

However, it’s not about me and I think it is important to place on record my grateful thanks to the business community and individuals who support not just the carnival, but many other local causes and events.

It always seems to be the same faces whose public spirit and kindness never ceases to amaze and humble me.

The business community donated some fabulous raffle and auction prizes, including a stunning diamond necklace and earring set from Banks-Lyons the jewellers, which was our star prize in the raffle.

Fabulous food was to follow, accompanied by Denis and Beth Horan, who entertained us with a repertoire which covered Rat Pack standards, Adele, Buble and Bassey.

And we needn’t have worried, much to my relief, we managed to raise almost £3,000 which will go some way to help pay for the many free events on the carnival weekend.