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A beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon on 29th June saw 250 ladies, gentlemen, brethren and children attend our annual fund raising event for the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund.
We are still counting the receipts but we are rapidly approaching the £16,500 mark all in aid of the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund.
The gates opened at 2pm and by 4 pm cars were having to be parked in the overflow car park as families took their places on the lawns at 'Brambledown' Henley Street, Luddesdown.Picnics and B B Q's were much in evidence as the audience relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine. The crowd were able to amuse themselves whilst waiting for the event to start by buying raffle tickets, trying their luck on the Tombola, enjoying a drink at the bar or tea and coffee stall or having a Hamburger or Hot dog from the B.B.Q
After the official opening by the Provincial Grand Master Roger Henry Harley Croucher, The Cymbolic Penalties took the stage at 5pm and soon had everyone singing along to music from the 60's,70's and 80's. During the break we were entertained by our very own Archie Torrance with songs on his Guitar and Ukulele! Next on stage was local singer Victoria Lilly'Ann who carried on the 60's, 70's and 80's theme to great applause.
Judging of the Gaudy Jacket competition by Mrs. Diana Bampton took place during the next break with Archie Torrance taking the prize for the 'best' outfit.
The highlight of the evening arrived when the 'Chiquitita's' Abba tribute band took to the stage and soon had the audience dancing and singing along with songs we all know.
During their well earned break the Provincial Grand Master and his wife Ann drew the raffle and a list of prize winners is shown below. After their break the' Chiquitita's' returned to the stage and after numerous encore's ended a most enjoyable and successful evening at around 9.30 pm.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Kevin and Diana Bampton for allowing us to take over their garden not only for the day itself but also for the days leading up to the event, it is not easy having a scaffold stage built in your garden for 3 weeks, also my committee, Bill Taylor. Len Sharpe, Peter Martin, Dave Cantlon, Keiron Stewart, Dave Pugh, Barry Fitzgerald, Dave Barden and Tony Waspe who have worked extremely hard to pull everything together, W.Bro's Nick Baker and his son Jack, for working on the B.B.Q, Mike Willet and his partner Debbie, for making tea and coffee all day. Dave Norris in the Car Park and the one and only Jake Jackson for keeping the entertainment on the stage flowing.
But most of all I would like to thank the brethren and their ladies of the Mark Province of Kent for supporting the event as without that support the day would not have been the success it was.
W.Bro. Frederick Brown
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
Addendum: please head over to the Lord Harris Mark Lodge where you will be able to view some video clips from the day. Click here to visit their website.
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