Fire alarm makes Chippenham mayor's ball one to remember
The Chippenham Mayoral Forget Me Not Ball turned out to be one to remember when guests in ballgowns and tuxedos were sent fleeing to the street by a fire alarm.
But it turned out to be a false alarm and Friday evening added more than £2,000 to donations for The Alzheimer’s Society, bringing the total mayor’s fund for the charity up to £3,500.
The Chippenham air cadets made guests at the town hall feel special by greeting them with a salute and showing them the way to the town hall’s banquet room.
Kelly’s Catering from Munros cafe prepared a three course meal for the 60 guests, which included four other mayors, from Devizes, Malmesbury, Wilton and Warminster.
Chippenham’s Mayor and host Coun Andy Phillips gave a heartfelt speech about how Alzheimer’s affects those close to those who suffer from the disease.
Sharon Doughty, from the Royal British Legion, said: “The mayor is a lovely man. He’s made time to talk to everyone here.”
Chippenham town councillor Mary Fallon was delighted to win a pair of season tickets for Chippenham Folk Festival in the auction, as she has been attending since 1977. Other auction prizes included a drive in a 1928 Bentley around Goodwood.
Traditional jazz band Four Plus One, who also played as the Olympic torch came through the town last Summer, got the mayor’s daughter Julie Phillips dancing all night. And Coun Fallon got up to give the singer a run for his money.