HUNDREDS of guests turned out to Seaford mayor Bob Allen’s final fundraiser of his civic year.
Aptly called Bob’s Last Bash the event was held at Seaford Head Community College and guests included the Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, Deborah Bedford, the mayor and mayoress of Newhaven, Graham and Marlene Amy, the mayoress of Eastbourne, Councillor Carolyn Heaps and the Young mayor and deputy of Seaford, Maddie Jay and Amy Gough.
The guests were treated performances from X-Factor contestant, Daryl Markham, The Seaford School of Dancing, The Archway Gospelish Choir, Young Mayor award winners Shannon Smith and Jasmin Bower, Jane Reeves, the Rock and Jazz Orchestra and the Seaford Musical Theatre.
Afterwards the mayor presented his 2011 awards for service to the Seaford community to several people including:
Nick Mallinson from Seahaven FM; Rosemary Collict, former councillor; Sergeant Chris Veale; Jane Reeves from Archway Choir; Kevin Gordon, Seaford historian and museum volunteer; Laurence Holland, first Mayor of Seaford Town Council and councillor; Jim Murray and Mrs Danni Murray from Seaford In Bloom and Friends of the Seaford Library; and Sarah Demoratti from Friends of the Crouch.
In his speech Cllr Allen thanked each of the recipients and said, “It was very hard to choose the recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Awards for Service to the Seaford Community.
“There were so many worthy people nominated and I would have liked to have recognised all of their efforts.
“For every winner tonight, there are another 50 working hard behind the scenes to make Seaford a wonderful and supportive community to live in.
“By recognising these few special people tonight, I hope to send a message to every person giving their time selflessly in the town, that they are appreciated and very valued.”
The event raised more than £500 for the Mayor’s chosen charities; the Seaford Citizens Advice Bureau and the National Coastwatch Institution.
Cllr Allen, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, was presented with a cake during the event.