Spectacular cathedral banquet raises record amount

Ripon Cathedral’s ancient nave was transformed last weekend as more than two hundred people enjoyed a spectacular four course banquet, entertainment from the Military Wives choir and a ‘silent disco’.

A record £26,000 was raised at the Dean’s Banquet, double the previous year. The money raised will go to the ‘Ripon Cathedral Renewed’ project which aims to develop facilities at the Cathedral for the 21st century. 

The stunning candlelit evening began with a sparkling reception sponsored by Slingsby Gin of Harrogate.  Guests enjoyed Rhubarb Gin and were entertained by the smooth sounds of Frankly Jazz. 

The Dean (pictured above left) welcomed the guests, the business partners and sponsors who all enjoyed gourmet food, prepared by The Yorkshire Party Company while the Dishforth Military Wives Choir entertained everyone during dinner.

Richard Smailes from Feather Smailes & Scales conducted a live auction while guests were also able to bid online – in total the auctions raised £15,000.

After the formalities, the guests were able to dance to the silent disco in the beautiful Crossing of Ripon Cathedral.

With the success of the event, bookings are now being taken for next year’s banquet on Friday 28 September 2018.

Contact  Molly Barrs, Fundraising Events Officer on mollybarrs@riponcathedral.org.uk 

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