A MORPETH venue went Monte Carlo for an evening as a community group hosted its first Charity Casino Night.
The event was organised by Morpeth Lions Club to raise money for local Alzheimers, polio and stroke charities as club President Simon Pringle’s preferred causes.
Almost 100 guests went along to Riverside Lodge in High Stanners. As well as getting ‘funny money’ to gamble with, the £15 entry charge included a free raffle, supper and cabaret featuring local singers Along Came Lola.
There was also the opportunity to see a one million United States of America dollar note and the evening finished with a blind auction.
Mr Pringle said: “It is some years since we held this type of event and the club is indebted to Riverside Lodge for agreeing to host it and to Sunderland Lions Club, which provided expertise and equipment.
“Our aim to provide a fun evening must have worked as our guests asked for it to become an annual event. Very importantly, we raised £500 for my designated charities.”