For over 1300 years, people have gathered in this sacred space to celebrate life’s joys and blessings and on Friday (September 24) 150 guests attended the annual fundraising banquet – cancelled last year as COVID infections in the region spiralled.
Anne Wilson of Dalton Transport said: “We just want to say how much we enjoyed the evening as always, they really do get better every time. Our guests were very happy and we all agreed that the meal was the best we have had in all the years of attendance.”
The sparking evening was generously supported by business partners Raworths solicitors, Harrogate and Brewin Dolphin, Leeds.
A champagne reception welcomed guests back in to the cathedral once more and a delicious four course dinner, provided by the Yorkshire Party Company, was followed by a live auction kindly conducted by John Tennant and a silent auction.
A number of stunning raffle prizes were donated including dinner for two at Grantley Hall, two cases of wine and a family season pass to Newby Hall.
The prize draw tree was as popular as ever, raising £1170 on the night. The vouchers and prizes were all kindly donated by local businesses keen to support the cathedral as it recovers from the financial impact of the pandemic.
Guests were entertained by magician Rob Hutchinson and were encouraged to dance to the silent disco wearing state of the art headphones.
The Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev John Dobson DL said: “What a pleasure it was to welcome the guests to the 2021 Dean’s Banquet in the spectacular surroundings of Ripon Cathedral. For over 1300 years people have gathered in this sacred space to celebrate life’s joys and blessings. I am extremely grateful for the remarkable levels of generosity that have been shown by the community, particularly over the last year.”
The date of next year’s dinner will be Friday October 14 2022 to mark the end of the 1350th Anniversary of St Wilfrid celebrations, which will be taking place throughout 2022. For further information about how to get involved or to pre-book places please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.