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GOWR Annual Ball 2017

Sunday 25th November 2017 was the date this year for our Annual Ball held again at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane London.

As per tradition the reception started at 5.30pm with guests arriving and enjoying the complimentary champagne the atmosphere was starting to buzz, by 6.30 we were taking our seats for dinner, Past King Rats that were present made their entrance along with the King Rat 2017 Ian Richards. Top table guest were seated and Brother rats took to the stage for The Anthem which this year had a twist as we were joined by Old Men Grooving who set the mood straight away with a fabulous dance routine as soon as the Anthem had finished, very very good.

The ball would not be the same without the traditional "Just One More Chance" executed by our Past King Kaplan Kaye and Past Prince Bryan Burden, the audience joining in as they should to keep the atmosphere going.

We were entertained by Franki's Guys - playing the hits of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons after the main course which got the dance floor packed and have to say they were superb.

Mike Osman as Donald Trump was very funny from Top Table.

The auction raised much needed coins for the charitable causes of the order.

Ukay Ukes did "Everybody Sing Everybody Dance" with The Children of BWI Primary School.

Officers for 2018 were announced most were there but due to Panto rehearsals one or two were missing.

King Rat presented the awards from Top Table, "Friend of The Year 2017" was Matt Endersby, Life Time Achievement was presented to Eamon Holmes, "Rat of The Year" was Neil Crossland.

The Pub Landlord Al Murray entertained us next, a very late spot not many comics would have wanted to go on at that time of night but he did and worked the room well this was followed by our band who played for dancing until the end, all in all a great night, looking forward to 2018 already.

More photos to follow along with a more detailed report.

Al MurraySir Trevor Brooking with King Rat 2017 Ian RichardsLife Time Achievement Nicholas Parsons with Paul Merton and their lovely ladiesIron Maidens Nico McBrain with King Rat Ian Richards and The Pub Landlord Al MurrayKing Rat and Nico McBrainRock Legends John Lodge and Rick WakemanPast King Derek Martin with Ruth and EamonThe Gorgeous LadiesPeter Shilton England Legend with Ian Freeman from The Royal Variety CharityKing Rat with the Past King RatsPutting the world to rightsMike Osman and PKR Jess Conrad
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