Photo gallery: People of Norfolk turn out in force to help veterans at Norfolk Show Ball
12:29 21 June 2014
The former head of the British Army thanked the people of Norfolk for helping veterans and their families by attending one of the biggest social events of the county’s year last night.
More than 800 people turned out in their best suits and gowns for the Norfolk Show Ball, which was held in aid of Veterans Norfolk, which supports armed service personnel of all ages across the county.
General Lord Dannatt, president of Veterans Norfolk, said: “It’s fantastic that there are more than 800
people here supporting Veterans Norfolk.
“It is bringing all the service charities together working in the county so that we can join up all the dots and be able to deliver a really good service to all our veterans – young and old.”
He added: “It’s great that the county has turned out to support tonight.”
Guests at the popular black-tie event, held at the Norfolk Showground at Costessey, had the chance to bid for an exclusive array of items, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences ranging from a mole catching lesson to a weekend on a luxury yacht in Mallorca.
There was also the chance to bid for tickets to a Nigel Havers play in London’s West End, followed by drinks with the actor in his dressing room, or a VIP package to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo or an action-packed day with Norfolk Police and Fire Service.
Following a drinks reception at 7pm guests enjoyed a musical start to the evening when the band of 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment played at 7.15pm and through dinner. There was band and a disco for guests to dance to until 1am.
Further information about Veterans Norfolk is available at www.veteransnorfolk.com