Celebrating heroes past and present
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 July 2014
A GLAMOROUS black tie event commemorating the centenary of World War One has raised cash for Help For Heroes.
The finale of the Winscombe and Sandford Festival featured a five-course meal and a ball for 150 guests, raising more than £1,200.
The event was inspired by two Winscombe sisters, Jo and Lorna Nipper, who are cycling from Brussels to Paris across several historic battlefields to raise money for the charity.
Organiser Steve Bridges read a roll of honour to remember all those from the parish who lost their lives, followed by a minute of silence.
Mr Bridges said: “The roll of honour was for the 28 people in the parish who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“Only three of these were older than 30 and four were just teenagers. It was a very salient moment when you realise they were just kids, they didn’t have a life.
“After the dinner and auction people just kept giving me money – it was amazing.”
Weston MP John Penrose, Martin Thatcher of Thatchers cider company and Puxton Park’s Derek Mead also attended the banquet.
After the dinner an auction took place as well as live music and dancing.
Despite two hiccups on the night, when the caterers’ ovens were stuck on the motorway and half the power went out, the evening was certainly a success.
Mr Bridges said: “My daughter ran home and grabbed all the candles she could, and it was very atmospheric.
“We reminisced and had a pleasant evening, it was definitely very enjoyable.”
The money will be sent to Help For Heroes, a charity which offers support to current soldiers or veterans and their families.