Retford: Hotel strikes gold for charity with fun day

Face painting and ice cream were very popular with children at the Ye Olde Bell charity fun day
Face painting and ice cream were very popular with children at the Ye Olde Bell charity fun day

A fun day at a Retford hotel has raised more than £3,600 for Age UK Rotherham in the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

More than 300 visitors were treated to an array of different activities at Ye Olde Bell in Barnby Moor.

Attractions including a giant helter skelter, an elaborate vintage carousel and performances from Harworth Brass Band, Retford’s DeBurnay’s School of Dance and the Lynx Academy of Martial Arts.

The event was also opened by special guest Len Poulson, whose main claim to fame, apart from being a regular at the hotel, is that he is the grandfather of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson.

One of the unexpected highlights was the tug-of-war competition.

Seven teams battled it out in front of a large and noisy crowd with East Retford Rugby Club, not surprisingly, eventually reigning triumphant.

The Bake-Off competition, sponsored by Amanda’s Cakes was a more civilised affair and was won by Pauline Higgins of Rotherham.

“There was so much happening throughout the day, everywhere you looked people were having fun and enjoying themselves,” said Kate Firth, general manager at the hotel.

“Our aim was to host an event that would give local families the opportunity to come and enjoy a wonderful day out together, share some great memories and at the same time support a really worthwhile cause.”

“I am really proud of the effort everyone put in to make it happen and would also like to say a particular thanks to all the exhibitors, display performers and the generous donations of prizes from many of our suppliers and friends.”

“It proved a fabulous day for everyone, with all the fun of a vintage fair,” added Lesley Dabell, chief executive of Age UK Rotherham.

“We are staggered by the amount raised of £3,610.69 which will support our Befrienders scheme.”

“I would like to thank everyone who came along and contributed wholeheartedly to the day including those local businesses who donated fabulous prizes for the charity auction, raffle and tombola.