Well my cockles have been well and truly warmed. The fund raising barn dance (raising money for Breast Cancer Now and Compton Hospice) took place last night, and what a successful evening it was on all fronts!
To start off here's a couple of photos of the two of the cuter attendees who (like many others) had come dressed up to the nines. Howdy pardners.
So many people made so much effort to ensure the evening was a success that it's hard to know where to start but, at the risk of this turning into a blub-fest worthy of an Oscar winner, here goes:
First and foremost huge thanks to Ian and Amy (the other-half's nephew and his lovely wife) who came up with the idea of the event in the first place and then worked tirelessly to make it a success. The mere thought of the amount of hard graft they took on makes me want to have a lie down in darkened room. And they did all this in the same year that they organised their house move from one area of the country to another, their overseas wedding and also their UK wedding celebrations. Some people are just gluttons for punishment!
Also, thanks to more relations, namely Lee, Lydia, Sam and Gail who helped organise, obtained fantastic raffle prizes and sold heaps of tickets.
Lip-smacking thanks to all the cake makers (cakes were also sold on the night to raise dosh). There were some fantastic and tasty creations, including industrial quantities of secret-recipe muffins from sis no 1 and cakes bearing the logos of the charities made by the lovely Carmel. Even the other-half put his chef's hat on:
Big cheers too for the raffle prizes, either supplied by friends and family or obtained by them by going to their employers and local businesses. Big thanks in particular go to the kind generosity of Virgin Trains.
Thanks to all those who helped set up on the evening, organising things like a well-oiled machine in a very limited time, while I faffed around like a particulary ineffective fart in a thunderstorm.
Thanks too to those who couldn't make it but still gave donations, which were very much appreciated.
And of course the evening would have been nothing without the support of all those who came along. We had a really good crowd who completely entered into the spirit of things, the dance floor was full all evening from start to finish.
One of the main reasons the dance floor was so busy was the all round excellence of the band, the Slippery Hill Boys and their caller. I really can't praise them highly enough. Quite simply they were bloody brilliant and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone wanting a hoe-down to remember! Here they are setting up
And here's the crowd thanking them at the end of the night
So the nitty-gritty. As the result of everyone's generosity £1400 was raised for the two charities. I am totally chuffed. So before I start blubbing and hugging everyone in sight I'll sign off for now with more photos from the night. Yee-haw!