KNUTSFORDIANS, businesses and dignitaries descended on Belle Epoque on Saturday night for the sold-out Mayor’s Civic Ball.

The successful event, organised by the Town Council, raised over £5,000 for the Mayor’s charities Knutsford Lions and Cheshire Search and Rescue.

Pulse of Perfumery’s Peter Murray was the Master of Ceremonies and auctioneer at the event - helping to encourage guests to part with £2,000 for auction prizes.

Town Mayor Barbara Coan said: “The support of the local businesses this year has been phenomenal and vital to helping us raise so much on the night. I would like to thank everyone and all the businesses involved for their generosity and Lisa Benskin, Mayor’s PA, and Adam Keppel-Garner, Town Clerk, for organising the event.”

So many prizes were donated for the auction and raffle that an additional event is planned to raise further funds for the two charities before the end of Barbara’s Mayoral Year.

“We received over 100 prizes in total and we wanted to ensure that none were devalued so it was decided it would be best to fit in an additional fundraising event,” she added.

Clr Coan also extended her thanks to the three entertainers, singers Steve Bernstein and Yvette Royle, and magician Carl Royle. The entertainment was sponsored by Fisher German.

She also offered special thanks to table sponsors; Living World Events, Knutsford Admin, Black Magic Design, Baker Boothman Edy, Knutsford Directory, Tatton Estate Management, Pulse of Perfumery, Solana Therapeutics, Belle Epoque, Event Buddha and Tatton Brewery.

Tatton Brewery gave an extra donation to the charities to have a table named after them and their logo on the red carpet banner by South Cheshire Banners.

Lighting and event support was provided by Event Buddha and Jonathan Farber was the photographer for the evening.

Barbara also wanted to thank Monckton Properties for their £10,000 direct donation to Cheshire Search and Rescue – see below.

For information on the next mayoral event contact the Lisa Benskin on 01565 653 929 or email