On Friday night a group of colleagues, friends and myself attended a charity night at the Swallow Hilltop in Carlisle organised by Andy Whitaker from the group Highly Strung, with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance.
The night resembled a star studded red carpet event – cameras flashed as photos were taken of guests arriving and beautiful decorated tables provided a fantastic backdrop for the evening. The support entertainment was provided by the Alleys – a young band from Carlisle that is destined for success and will soon hopefully be the support act for ‘Mcfly’.
All entry tickets were put into a raffle to have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. A second raffle asked people to donate £5 to again win some fabulous prizes including a tie pin, cuff links, gorgeous smellies from Lush and dinner for four at Fontana’s fish and chip shop; a prize that I won.
Next came the charity auction with Sandra bidding for Highly Strung to come and play at her house, but unfortunately she got piped at the post! Next came ‘Dippy Dickinson’, a Comedian who told jokes and sang songs in a broad Cumbrian dialect, with his smart outfit, wellies and hat, he looked like he had just walked off the farm.
Eventually it came to the highlight of the evening… a performance by Highly Stung. They pulled out all the stops and brought the house down. The atmosphere was brilliant and whilst everyone danced, Andy sang happy birthday to Sandra (who was 40).
A fantastic night was had by all with plenty of money being raised for another good cause.