Mayoral extravaganza as visiting civic heads boosted charity event

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First Citizens from around the region turned out in force to support the Mayor of Chorley’s charity ball.

Among those joining Coun Roy Lees and his mayoress, wife Margaret, were mayors from Burnley, Blackburn, Ribble Valley, South Ribble and West Lancashire.

Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and Margaret Lees, with Coun Graham Walton and Karen Walton, Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble

Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and Margaret Lees, with Coun Graham Walton and Karen Walton, Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble

Town Mayor of Adlington, Coun Dan Croft, the chairman of Lancashire County Council, County Coun Kevin Ellard, and several Chorley councillors were also in attendance at the event.

The ball, held on Friday in the Lancastrian at Chorley Town Hall, raised £5,000 for the Mayor’s charity appeal.

During his year in office, he is supporting St Catherine’s Hospice, Home-Start Central Lancashire and Chorley Help The Homeless.

The guests enjoyed a buffet, entertainment from pop duo Scandal, a disco, tombola and auction. Coun Lees said: “It was a really good night. We partied until one o’clock.”

There was also a presentation by the Reverend Martin Cox, from St Laurence’s Church, of £950 raised by holding a Burns’ Night event for the Mayor’s appeal.

Coun Lees thanked Redrow for sponsoring the ball and Paul Kay for organising the music.

He is holding a Youth’s Got Talent event on Friday, March 13 at the Lancastrian, which will feature performances from school pupils. Tickets cost £5.

And following the success of his Chorley’s Got Soul night last year, he is organising Chorley’s Got More Soul on Saturday, March 14. It has proved to be so popular that the 300 tickets sold out in eight days.