Mardi Gras 2019
hosted by The Board of Provincial Stewards.
A hot summer night greeted the guests to the Ashford International Hotel for the Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by, no other than, Worshipful Brother Chris Watson!
With a Red Carpet welcome and an honour Guard of strapping Provincial Grand Stewards, who could not be impressed.
Decked in their Stewards Bow Ties, Provincial Collars and a Red Rose, guests were directed into the foyet for a pre drink of Prosecco.
Reception Drinks were accompanied with the live music of Philip Smith on Saxaphone, and our own Mike West on Trumpet.
The Master of Disaster, sorry, Ceremonies; WBro Chris Watson, then invited guests into the main dining suite.
Tables decorated with Flowers, Mardi Gras masks, booklets and red scatter gems looked fantastic, black backed chairs with red bows finished the Mardi Gras look.
WBro Stan Chapman, Vice Chairman gave the opening Grace, and everyone enjoyed the fabulous food and company.
The formal part of the Ball continued with the Toasts, given by the Provincial Grand Master. Neil Hamilton Johnstone.
The Provincial Grand Master then gave a short welcome and spoke about the 2025 Festival, its target and hopes. He also sported the new 2025 Festival Jewel.
Music at this point was provided by the Native Oyster Band.
The Grand Lottery Draw
The Grand Lottery Draw took place and the winner was announced. Unfortunately they were not present, but will be enjoying a fantastic weeks cruise, courtesy of Royal Caribbean, to the Carribbean Islands. It was announced on the night, that we are looking at about £6,000 raised for the MCF. Further details will be published once we have a final total. A BIG thank you to you all who supported the evening.
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Photos courtesy of Mark Howells Not to be reproduced, distributed without permission.