The staff of Orgill school were out together at The Ship Launch to enjoy a fanastic evening of fundraising and entertainment of thrilling quality all in support of their own school. Many members of the Dunnery family were present among the fans, and so were Tony and Pauline Bell, still passionately supporting projects to benefit the youth of Egremont of whom their daughter, Lisa was such a vibrant member.

The Charles & Kathleen Dunnery Children’s Fund chose to focus on Orgill this year and launched their drive with a pop quiz, a raffle, an auction of signed photographs and other memorabilia donated by celebrities who were eager to support the cause beloved by Francis Dunnery, and lastly a Dutch auction for a bottle of champagne that raised more than £160. The evening as a whole raised £1215, with two events to come, a Race Night and a concert at Rosehill by John & Wayne and Dorie, backed by Francis Dunnery.

Mark Andrews handles the complicated task of managing all these transactions and controlling the enthusiasm of the punters with great professionalism, and then introduced the star turn of the evening, a superb band made up of Colin Nichols, his nephew Andy, and the prodigious young drummer, Andrew Bates. Andrew treated the packed audience to an amazing solo, steaming with energy but with the assured control of a confident virtuoso. It was an unforgettable experience and we were lucky to be there.

Published in Egremont Today