Another fabulous day at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Stocktonwas enjoyed by approximately 70 guests. Thanks to the hotel we were all able to enjoy the full day’s programme from Ascot via a large screen, commencing with the Royal Parade of course.
Lucy Hope of Artichoke (Grange Road, Darlington) again supported us with her beautifully arranged flowers in what has become our traditional trade mark at this event – tea cups and saucers. These were given as gifts to one lucky person on each table.
Catherine Hart, milliner, provided the most gorgeous hats for many of our guests to try on, and hire if wanted, at just £5 for the occasion, with all proceeds kindly donated by Catherine to We Can Dance.
We also celebrated 100 years of the Vote for Women, Catherine Hart was dressed 1918's and spoke of the suffrage movement then and Margaret Clark, spoke on the women's movement present day.
Angela Stevenson again organised us with betting slips and worked so tirelessly to keep us all enthused and then finally announced to a very excited audience, the winner and runners up of the day’s racing.
The day was full of fun with a spectacular raffle draw and a presentation of champagne to the winner of the Best Hat competition.
We must thank everyone for supporting us and we are so pleased to confirm that the final amount of £2,007 was raised for the charity.
Mark Thorneycroft very kindly took some spectacular photographs of the group with the Hall as a magnificent background