Harrogate International Festivals' 50th anniversary ball; Royal Hall, Harrogate
PUBLISHED: 11:06 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:06 01 November 2016
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Friends of Harrogate International Festivals mark the charity's half century at a glittering ball
Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th anniversary ball
A Dream Engine acrobat suspended beneath a helium ballon glides above diners at the ball
Chair of Harrogate International Festivals Fiona Movley with literary agent Jane Gregory, festivals chief executive Sharon Canavar, author and founder of Theakston Crime Writing Festival Val McDermid with her partner, Jo Sharp
Peter McCormick OBE, Donna McDonald, Chris Blundell, Kathryn McCormick, Kevin McDonald OBE, Kathryn Apanowicz, James Cundall, Jill Blundell, Sir Gary Verity, Rebecca Cundall
Sharon Canavar and Fiona Movley share a joke with their audience
Dr John Mate Helena Manchester, Paul Hill, Jane Sleath, Nick London, Michelle Mate, Dr Giles Manchester, Pauline Hill, Mike Sleath, Jo London
Les Woods, Karen Tiffen, Chips Browning, Mollie Browning, Sarah Lupton, Joy Lupton, Mike Bidgood, Jenny Bidgood, Barry Wallis, Chrissie Shaw-Town
Ben Derrick, Victor Yip, Jackie Wilson, Sue Stott, Deborah Powell, Danny Madden, Susan Madden, Graham Hebblethwaite, Kelly Hebblethwaite, Ben Petty, Andrew Nash, Clare Winsor, Carl Winsor, Chandra Rai, Prasna Rai
Bernadette Gledhill, Robert Gledhill, Judith Luscombe, Michael Luscombe, Andrew Hartley, Jane Hartley, Alison Hartwell, Keith Hartwell, Peter Grazier, Judith Grazier
Martin Holden, Angela Holden, Jon Davis, Katie Davis, Sally Thomas, Simon Thomas, Peter Flynn, Helen Flynn, Gary Jones, Sue Jones, David Gilson, Anita Gilson
David Salter, Anne Salter, Gary Pellow, Joanne Pellow, Simon Blyth, Andrea Blyth, Paul Chasney, Lisa Chasney, Mark Smith,Jenny Smith
Flowerpot men greet guests arriving at the Royal Hall
More than 300 people attended Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th anniversary ball at the Royal Hall, Harrogate. The spectacular night included The Dream Engine heliosphere show with an acrobatic dancer performing above diners, and an exclusive performance from the Gypsy Queens, whose fans include Prince Harry and David Beckham.
The charity fundraiser was part of the festivals’ ambitious Future 50 campaign to raise £1m to safeguard its future. Guests included Future 50 vice presidents, bestselling author Val McDermid and Peter McCormick OBE, who co-hosted a glittery auction on the night.
Other Future 50 vice presidents attending were the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s title sponsor, Simon Theakston, Sir Gary Verity, Harrogate Advertiser editor Jean MacQuarrie, literary agent Jane Gregory, Dr Terry Bramall CBE and Liz Bramall.
The Royal Hall featured 25 12ft trees to mark the support of Bettys & Taylors, who along with Harrogate Borough Council, will plant 50 trees to create a festival forest in honour of the organisation’s half century.
Sharon Canavar, chief executive of Harrogate International Festivals, said: ‘It was a simply remarkable evening, not just as a celebration of the festival but in helping us on our £1m fundraising campaign to safeguard the next 50 years of Harrogate International Festivals.’
Fiona Movley, chair of Harrogate International Festivals, added her thanks to everyone for their generosity and support. She said: ‘Only two per cent of our income is from public funds. It’s clear that Harrogate values the arts and knows our lives would be that much poorer without them. I’d like to thank everyone who attended and gave so generously to the cause.’
The festivals deliver an annual economic impact of £8.2million in the region, and attract more than 90,000 people to a wide variety of year-round events.
The organisation has been credited with putting the town on the literary map by hosting the world’s biggest celebration of the crime writing genre. As well as high profile festivals, it also delivers outreach and educational work.