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Successful Civic Dinner celebrates the end of Allerdale

Luke Stamper

Luke Stamper

Posted on 17 March 2023

A total of £1,124 has been raised for Keswick Mountain Rescue by generous guests at Allerdale Borough Council’s final Civic Dinner. 

The event, which took place on the evening of Friday 10 March at the Greenhill Hotel, Wigton, saw the Fell Foodie, Harrison Ward attend as guest of honour. 

Over 120 guests, including local businesses and dignitaries, packed the hotel ballroom for a formal dinner, and prize draw with a chance to win some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses including, Dobies Charitable Trust, Sealy, Holmen Iggesund, Workington Leisure Centre, M-Sport plus many more. All of the money raised at the auction was donated to Keswick Mountain Rescue. 

Cumbria-based Fluid Productions provided the sound and lighting for the event and Tom Kay from Tom Kay Photographic captured images of the event throughout the evening.

The evening’s entertainment was provided with Whitehaven-based band, The Mustangz. 

Mayor of Allerdale, Cllr Allan Daniels said: “The Civic Dinner is all about celebrating the achievements of the past year, but this year’s event was also about celebrating all of Allerdale Borough Council’s achievements, as well as supporting my chosen charity, Keswick Mountain Rescue. Keswick Mountain Rescue was founded in 1947 and remains a charity organisation that depends entirely on donations and the on-going support of the public. 

“It was a real honour to have The Fell Foodie, Harrison Ward join us as our guest of honour. Hearing his story about overcoming his battle with alcohol addiction and how he merged his love of cooking and passion for hiking to create a new ‘vice’ was truly inspiring. 

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended the event, and those who worked so hard to bring it all together”. 

Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, Cllr Mike Johnson said: “It was a fantastic night enjoyed by all, and I am delighted at how much money was raised for Keswick Mountain Rescue. It was also a real honour to have The Fell Foodie join us as our guest of honour. 

“Allerdale Borough Council’s Civic Dinner has always been a brilliant event, and the last one before we transition into the new Cumberland Council Authority was no exception to this rule. It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the Council’s achievements and to reminisce over fond memories.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in organising the dinner, the event’s sponsors, and every single business who generously donated prizes to the raffle.”