Charity event honours Norwich restaurant man
PUBLISHED: 10:48 29 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:04 29 September 2010
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The memory of a former Norwich councillor and restaurateur was honoured by more than 500 people who turned out to sample the best food this fine city has to offer to raise money for charity.
The 11th Moveable Feast event took place in the city yesterday and saw hundreds of diners enjoy their food on the move, eating each of their three courses in a different restaurant.
The event, which raises money for Parkinson’s UK, was founded by former councillor and restaurateur Lloyd Addison as a means of showcasing the best of the city’s culinary class – and raising money for charity.
Mr Addison, who died after battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years, was passionate about raising funds to help find a cure for the condition.
His wife Cynthia, who was at last night’s event, said: “This is very personal to me because it was my husband who started the Moveable Feast and this was the third year since his death.
“It was Lloyd’s wish that any money raised would go towards Parkinson’s research. We hope to have raised about £5,000.”
In all 15 city centre restaurants took part in the event which started at 6pm and finished with a party at The Lawyer.
Nick De’Ath, who runs the Lawyer pub on Wensum Street and was one of the organisers, said: “It’s a fantastic event and a great opportunity for restaurants to showcase their skills.
“They have 90 to 100 different people through their doors in one night so it’s great for Norwich.
“It’s a great social event. There’s people having a great time, having a few drinks and raising money for a great cause.”
Nick Mills, of Brasted’s, one of the restaurants taking part, also helped organise the event. He said the Moveable Feast was a great way to give something back to the community while at the same time offering something different.
He said: “Not many people will have experienced three restaurants in one night.”
John and Diane Smith, from Lloyd Road, Taverham, were two of the people enjoying last night’s Moveable Feast, moving from St Andrew’s House, Pinocchio’s and then Cinema City.
Mr Smith, 64, said: “This is our fourth year. We’re happy to help raise money for charity and enjoy ourselves at the same time.”
Carol Stork, regional fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, said they were very grateful to Mr Addison and the fundraising legacy he had left.
Restaurants taking part in last night’s event included: Bedfords, Brasted’s at Dragon Hall, St Benedicts Restaurant, Spice Lounge, Figaro, City College at St Andrews, The Library, St Giles Hotel, Shiki Japanese Restaurant, Pinocchio’s, Maids Head, Mackintosh, Hong Kong Fusion, Hickman’s and Cinema City.
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