Having a ball with Mayor

Morpeth Mayors Ball'Mayoress Lynne Horton, Mayor Mark Horton.
Morpeth Mayors Ball'Mayoress Lynne Horton, Mayor Mark Horton.

A TRADITIONAL town event proved a sell-out as almost 100 guests celebrated the Mayor of Morpeth’s Civic Ball.

The annual event took place in Morpeth Town Hall last week to mark Mayor Mark Horton’s year in office.

The ball was also the culmination of a year of fund-raising for Collingwood School and Media Arts College, which was chosen as the Mayor’s charity.

A total of 94 guests tucked into a three-course meal and a tombola was organised by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, with around 40 prizes donated by local businesses.

Entertainment was provided by magician Christian Glenwright, singer Tom Wyllie and a disco by John Beynon.

Coun Horton said: “It was an excellent evening and tickets were sold out. It was the second year we have had the ball in the Town Hall, which is really where it should be.

“We had a good time and certainly the feedback I have had has been excellent. People are saying they are already putting their name down for tickets next year. I think midnight came around too quickly for a lot of people.”

The Mayor was delighted with the funds raised for his charity, though the final total is still being counted, and he praised businesses for their support of the night.

“The chamber of trade ran the tombola and there were some great prizes, with all sorts of items, vouchers and services. There must have been 30 or 40 items, all donated by local traders in the town, which was very nice. The chamber is a very good supporter of the ball,” he said.

Coun Horton also thanked Morpeth Town Council staff for organising the event.

He said: “We couldn’t have done this without the staff so I would like to thank Gillian Turner and her staff for making it such a success.”