We had a Ball in Bolton

We had a Ball and we hope you did too…!

Yes folks just under a month ago we held one of our hugely popular fundraising balls at the Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant in Bolton. To say that we had a Ball is an understatement. With your support and some some amazing raffle and auction prizes, along with the marvelous venue, it’s very hospitable owner, Tasos and his great waiting on staff that were expertly lead up by Danielle Huges, we managed to raise a figure just of over £1000!!! for the Fire Fighters Charity and MacMillan Nursers.

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Photographs by  - Ania Pankiewicz

Wonderful Guests

We had a full and very interactive group of guests, all getting into the swing of the the theme of the evening, getting dressed to the nines, gangster stylie. With the ladies embracing the roaring 20’s gangsters mol look and and the gentlemen embracing their inner Mob Boss.

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We had a Ball in Bolton – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

Each of the guests were greeted with a welcome glass of champagne. We were so very pleased with not just the amount of people who attended and dressed for the part, but for the amount that they were willing to spend , donating, bidding or paying to play on the special Great Balls Of Fire Quiz!

The night was captured perfectly and very skillfully in 100’s photos by professional wedding and event photographer, Ania Pankiewicz, who donated her time and expertise to give us some fun, delightful and special photos to remember the night through.

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The Oylmpus Restaraunt, Bolton – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

A Classy Venue

The Olympus saved the day as they were not our initial choice as the venue. They stepped in when we were badly let down at the very last moment by another venue on the outskirts of Bolton, who ended up double-booking out their function suite. We have to stress that had we known about the Olympus beforehand they would have been our first choice without a doubt!

As we have already mentioned, Stasos (the owner) and his team at Bolton’s premier and award winning fish & chip restaurant pulled out all the stops. Nothing was too much trouble. The Olympus is a large, spacious and beautifully decorated venue, which with it’s retro styled look, fitted the theme of the perfectly. It was quite simply ideal and the perfect place to hold our ball. We should say following the success of our ball, The Olympus is now available to be booked in the evenings for other private parties such as dinner dances, birthday parties and weddings. It truly is a lovely spacious venue and seat over 120 people comfortably with the large orangery acting as a large dance floor area.

Our MC & Toastmaster

Acting as our super smooth and eloquent compere, MC and Toastmaster was Mr Derek Timmins-Jones, making sure that everyone was guided swiftly to their respective fully themed table and knew exactly what would be happening and when. More than just a Toastmaster, Derek is a spokes person, maître d’ and guide, the glue that can hold any function or event together and ensure that it runs smoothly.

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Compere Derek Timmins-Jones – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

MacMillan Nurses with Derek Timms-Jones

Before dinner was severed, Derek delivered a brief and moving description of why one of the charities that we support (MacMillan Nurses) needs the funding it needs. Outlining how it got started and when and why through Carol it was one of our chosen causes.

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DJ / Quiz Master Dave Bradley – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

The Fire Fighters Charity with Dave Bradley

Dave Bradley then followed Derek stating the cause on behalf of the Fire Fighters Charity. Again explaining what it is they do and what help and services they provide in the way of support for serving and ex fire fighters and their families. Also explaining why through Emma Hughes and her father who died on duty as a serving fire fighter, that this was the first adopted charity that Great Balls Of Fire was initially set up to support.

The Fish & Chip Meal

Once the two charity introductions had been done, this was the cue for the meal. Stasos, Danielle and all the staff quickly and efficiently set to work serving the generous portions of fish and chips complete with a full selection of sauces and dips to garnish and flavor what was an already scrumptious meal.

The Hot Spot Quiz….a Quiz? …yes a Quiz!

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This is the Hot Spot Quiz – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

After the main course was served we were treated to DJ & Quiz Master Dave Bradley’s Hot Spot Quiz, which is a brand new form of quiz that is more like a TV Game Show rather than your usual pub style quiz.

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DJ & Quiz Master Dave Bradley and his fab Hot Spot Quiz – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

After Dave dished out a few tablets and hooked up some of the guests with the necessary APP on their own mobile phone we got underway and did the first 2 rounds of questions. It really has to be seen to be believed, understood and appreciated just how good and how much fun it is. Our eventual winners we “Peaky Blinders” who won the barrel of beer, delivered to their house, which was kindly donated by Bank Top Brewery.

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“Peaky Blinders”, the Winners of the #GBOF2016 Quiz! – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

The Great Balls Of Quiz Hot Spot Quiz Winners of the Barrel of Beer – Peaky Blinders

During the course of the night we held a silent auction and half way through we drew the winners on a what seamed like a never ending raffle. We just had so many raffle prizes to draw and hand out…phew!

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Photographs by  - Ania Pankiewicz

For now we’d like to say a collective thanks to all the companies and services that donated all the amazing raffle and silent auction prizes, all of which we will thank individually through our social media posts.

After the auction results and completion of the draw we moved onto the dance floor, quite literally as DJ Dave Bradley pumped up the volume and kicked out some banging tunes for us all to party the rest of the night away to.

Finally we’d like to thank all our marvelous guests for being there and especially those who posted their on photographic memories of the night on social media using the #TAG – #GBOF2016

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“Great Balls Of Fire” organisers – Emma Hughes (left) & Carol Jane Turner (right) with compere Derek Timmins-Jones (centre) – Photograph by – Ania Pankiewicz

Credits:-

Venue – The Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant in Bolton, Lancashire – www.olympusfishandchips.co.uk

All Dressed Up – www.alldressedup.info

Compere – Derek Timmins-Jones – www.Facebook.com/derek.timminsjones

DJ – Dave Bradley – www.DoubleDecks.co.uk

Hot Spot Quiz Masterwww.HotSpotQuiz.com

We Are Going To Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Our next event…

Olympus Flyer 2016At The OLYMPUS in Bolton on 18th June, local “Boltonians” and well respected professional “special occasion hair stylist”, Emma Hughes, along with her friend Carol Jane Turner want to “Make You An Offer You Cant Refuse” and are holding a charity fundraising dinner in aid of two causes very close to their heart. The Fire Fighter Charity and also Macmillan Nurses.

Macmillian Nurses are a vital resource that is vastly underfunded and needs every bit of help possible. Carol is particularly passionate about this cause because Macmillan Nurses attended to the needs and medication of her father in his end days.

Emma’s dad was Bolton fire fighter who sadly died on duty putting out grass fires. The families of all fire fighters are understandably supportive of the national Fire Fighter’s Charity, as these are the brave men and women who put their lives on the line, for the protection and safety of us on a daily basis.

The Impressive Event Venue

Emma is putting this event together with her good friend Carol and and whole host of other friends. Keeping with fine Bolton tradition, the setting is this marvelous event is The Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant in Bolton. If you have never been to this well know, multi-award winning venue, you find yourself blown away by the stunning Art Deco interior. You will be treated to some of the best service around by friendly, professional staff.

On arrival at 7:30 you will enjoy complimentary drinks whilst being entertained by a very talented pianist.

The Scrumcious Food

Shortly after which you then be treated to simply the best fish and chips you can imagine!!! Delicious fluffy, golden chips accompany a light crisp battered fish. A ramekin of tasty mushy peas along with a secret recipe tartar sauce finish the dish perfectly. You can even have good old fashioned northern bread and butter. If you have room for coffee and something sweet there’s gooey chocolate fudge cake with cream or ice cream. Not only will you enjoy a scummy supper, but due to the amazing deals we have been able to agree with our suppliers the ticket price is just £20 each!!!!!!

There’s masses of prizes to be won and a fun quiz to remember with music until late. We are certain you will love the venue and the mouthwatering food. There’s plenty room in the orangery for dancing so don’t forget your dancing shoes! Dress to impress but for those of you planning your “Gatsby Get up” there will be a prize for the “best dressed”. We are so excited about the changes we have made as we are sure the night will be even better!

Parking & Accommodation

There’s free parking in the Octagon Theatre car park opposite, a taxi rank just outside and two minutes walk from the train station. For those of you wanting to make a night of it the Travelodge is minutes away offering rooms from as little as £30 each.

If can support this event in any way please do. If you’re on Facebook please like or share this page to your Facebook timeline. If you’re on Twitter, please tweet this page to your feed so that your followers can hear about it to and together lets get this message out there. You can do either of these things using the social media buttons on your screen now.

Emma has also setup a special #hashtag for this event – #GBOF2016 so please use it when and where you can when talking about this special night.

Venue Address – The OLYMPUS, 31-45 Great Moor St, Bolton, BL1 1SW

Date of Event – 18th June 2016