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Glittering Masquerade Ball

Glittering Royal Norfolk Show Masquerade Ball

This year's Royal Norfolk Show Ball went back to its Norfolk roots. Organised by Break, a team of volunteers made sure that the event was a glittering success.

Working with Softley Events, Sarah Bunn, Senior Fundraiser planned a glittering occasion for guests with a secret garden and champagne bar, a Norfolk menu and edible herbs on every table.

The guests looked stunning and everyone had made an effort to don a mask giving an air of Venetian mystery and intrigue!

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The evening started with 'heads and tails' for a beautiful diamond kindly donated by Dipples, a raffle, supported by Anglia Farmers, a silent auction and a live auction for two magnificent lots, a brand new holiday bungalow donated by Mundesley Holiday Village and a VIP trip to the British Grand Prix 2018 donated by Break Patron, Jake Humphrey.

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Many companies contributed to the success of the evening including Almary Green, Norse Group, The Beeston Group and the RNAA. The Secret Garden, herb table decorations, plants and shrubs were supplied by among others including Bawdeswell Garden Centre, Notcutts, Posh Plants, Romantic Garden Centre, Overstrand Garden Centre and Del's nursery.

The surprise of the evening was the introduction of the Norse Group 'lifelike' hare for the GoGoHares sculpture trail in 2018, designed by artist Phil Daniels.

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All in all a substantial amount of money was raised during the evening to change young lives across East Anglia.

A guest eyes view of the evening.

Arriving at the Royal Norfolk Show Masquerade Ball, we gathered outside for champagne in the (not quite) sunshine and to meet up with our friends.  As we admired each other’s outfits, the fabulous masks were the first things that caught my eye. There was everything from the traditional (beautiful Venetian masks of every shape and colour) to the quirky (a map of Australia, a fluffy chicken, several Storm troopers and even a Batman - I could go on…) to the downright disturbing (an eerie Donnie Darko-esque hare number). The masks certainly let everyone express their personalities!

Inside, the Secret Garden-themed marquee was beautifully decorated, with a softly lit, tree-lined bar and leafy decorations on every table. The newly unveiled Hares, Osc-Hare and the yet-to-be-named lifelike Hare, had pride of place on the stage and drew many admiring glances.

But of course, what everyone was waiting for was the auction with its spectacular range of lots, and the chance to win the £4,000 diamond, kindly donated by Dipples. The silent auction, using tablets, led to much excitement and frantic last-minute bids as it drew to a close. Star lots included a bungalow at Mundesley holiday village, courtesy of The Beeston Group, and a Formula 1 experience kindly provided by Break’s patron Jake Humphrey.

The nail-biting heads and tails game to win the half-carat diamond began with ball-goers choosing from identical pouches containing crystals. Those who were lucky enough to choose a clear crystal were able to compete for the diamond, while those who picked a pink crystal (Swarovski, mind), were not – unless they wanted another go, which most did! The game came to an exciting conclusion with the lucky few being gradually eliminated in a general knowledge quiz.

After eating (and downing a couple of glasses of prosecco!) all that was left was to dance the night away to hits played by a full ten-piece band. An unforgettable night and plenty of money raised for an excellent cause.

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Photo: Mark Ivan Benfield

EDP coverage - http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/extra-special-guest-hops-in-to-the-2017-royal-norfolk-show-masquerade-ball-1-5076524

More photos on Break Charity and GoGoHares facebook

 

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