AN Irish Bingo Night on Saturday, March 14 raised £1,300 for the Knutsford Royal May Day.

The event, which was organised by committee members Liz McAllister and Alison Moonan and hosted by Crosstown Bowling Club in Knutsford, proved extremely popular, attracting more than 100 people.

Committee secretary Eileen Podmore, who attended the event, said: “I would also like to thank Liz, Alison and all the helpers for their hard work, which they undertook on our behalf at a very difficult time.

“It was certainly luck of the Irish that the bingo night took place before everything was shut down.”

As well as four games of bingo, there was a big raffle with some amazing prizes donated by local businesses.

Among the goodies on offer were a voucher for Eastern Revive, day passes for Cottons Hotel and Spa, a beauty hamper, a voucher for the Dun Cow, wine and Irish Whiskey.

There was also a two-course supper, featuring a traditional Irish stew, freshly prepared by the Market Café and an array of homemade desserts.

“It was a great result for a fun night out and a really good way to raise funds for the May Day,” said Alison.

“A big thanks to all of those that came along to support us, brought delicious desserts to share and donated fabulous prizes for both our bingo winners and our raffle.

“Each year it is an uphill struggle to raise the £35,000 needed to host the festival, but if we could get a few more events like this under our belt, it would certainly ease the pressure.”