The evening was pleasantly warm as guests arrived for the Westbury Mayor's charity dinner and auction held at The Laverton, Westbury on Friday 30th September. The Mayor of Westbury Councillor Stephen Andrews had chosen Welfare of the Elderly (Westbury) and Carers Support Wiltshire as his charities for the year, and the dinner and auction followed a very successful quiz held in July.
A hot buffet was provided by Victoria Moore Catering and included some very tempting deserts (although not for a Toastmaster with a white shirt!!). Some delightful music was again supplied by harpist John Dalton from Glastonbury who entertained the guests, before, during and after dinner.
As auctioneer for the evening, it was down to me to try and get as much money as possible from the 17 lots that went under the hammer. With a variety of afternoon teas, local attraction family passes, a days clay pigeon shooting for 4 people and a weekend break in Cornwall on offer, there was something for everybody. Although guest numbers were lower than expected, they entered into the spirit of the evening, and were keen to wave their specially produced 'auction bid cards' to alert me. With some frenzied final bidding on several lots, we managed to raise just on £1,000.
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