The scene that greeted guests arriving for the Winter Warmer

The fifth Winter Warmer Dinner Dance lived up to expectations with another fun-filled evening at the Mercure Hotel, near Maidstone, on Friday 13th February.

Dancers filling the dance floor

Held on the Friday nearest Valentine’s Day, 250 East Kent Freemasons, their wives, families and friends flocked to this annual heart-warming event to dispel the chill of the cold winter. Some new lighting and other effects in the venue this year added an unexpected sparkle to the occasion.

The bowtie & earrings winners receive their prizes

Organised this year, on behalf of the Provincial Charity Committee, by Worshipful Brothers Tom Sutton and Malcolm Cheeseman, the number of tables was deliberately reduced to permit more space on the dance floor. This paid dividends when the music started up as the floor soon filled with enthusiastic dancers.

Sammy Lou

Miki Travis

The entertainment followed a similar format to previous years with Miki Travis, the good-humoured host, compere and comedian; Sammy Lou singing as well as ever and music legend Jake Jackson with his band Maize, providing live music.

Taking a break between spells of dancing, Miki had everyone in stitches with his comedy routine which he concluded by enticing six members of the audience to join him and make fools of themselves, much to everyone’s enjoyment. Later he supervised the silly bow tie and earrings competition which again caused much merriment.

Jake Jackson and his band Maize

The evening concluded with a set of live music and dancing with Jake, Sammy and the band filling the dance floor until just before midnight, when the curtain came down on another enjoyable evening.

Six guests help Miki with the entertainment

Speaking at the end of the evening, Malcolm Cheeseman said: “I would like to thank everyone for supporting the Winter Warmer and continuing to make it the success it has become. I would also like to thank them for giving so generously during the evening, in support of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity”.

Read more about the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity.

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