Big boost for Mayor’s fund-raising drive

From left, Steve Harmison, Coun Joan Tebbutt, Graham Chambers, Jane Nattrass and Gillian Irvine at the Charity Golf Day.
From left, Steve Harmison, Coun Joan Tebbutt, Graham Chambers, Jane Nattrass and Gillian Irvine at the Charity Golf Day.

Joan Tebbutt’s period as Mayor of Morpeth has seen a fantastic conclusion with a very successful Charity Golf Day at Longhirst Hall Golf Club.

The weather was kind to the 13 four-person teams as they enjoyed an excellent day’s golf, good food and entertainment and the event raised more than £4,000 for the Mayor’s charity, Henry Dancer Days.

Former Ashes-winning England and Durham cricketer, Steve Harmison, started it off and it concluded with Roger Thames conducting an auction for some fabulous prizes, including a 10-day cruise for two people donated by Northumbria Travel.

As well as the main competition, won by the Longhirst Legends, there was a putting contest to take part in once the main round was completed.

This was in addition to sampling the excellent hog roast, which was on hand all day to feed golfers and spectators alike.

There was musical entertainment from Dave Pope & Rachel and a casino experience was provided by Grosvenor Casinos.

As well as 10 superb auction opportunities, there was a Grand Raffle with 23 donated prizes, all of which helped to raise well more than £4,000 to bring the total for the year for Henry Dancer Days to around £10,000.

Even a signed photo of the Prime Minister fetched £25.

Coun Tebbutt said: “We’re very grateful to everyone who helped to make the day such a success and Longhirst Hall Golf Club has been absolutely brilliant.

“While I have thoroughly enjoyed my year as Morpeth’s Mayor, I want to thank all those many people who have worked so hard alongside me and behind the scenes to raise such a fantastic amount for Henry Dancer Days, a charity so dear to me.

“Without their support, I would not have achieved anything like this sum.”