‘Wonderful’ night of celebration for Guide Dogs

Sue Ballantyne, Barbara Clarkson, Marj Boyer, Andy Guiel and Cheryl Johnson, with guide dogs Bamber, Fliss and Thelma

Sue Ballantyne, Barbara Clarkson, Marj Boyer, Andy Guiel and Cheryl Johnson, with guide dogs Bamber, Fliss and Thelma

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A four-course black-tie dinner was held to celebrate 60 years of the Guide Dogs charity on the Fylde coast.

The diamond anniversary event was attended by more than 70 people, at the Cliffs Hotel, Blackpool.

Brenda Wildish, John Child and Stephanie Smith

Brenda Wildish, John Child and Stephanie Smith

Along with a raffle, there was entertainment from Colin Glover, on sax and Alvar Marsden on the keyboard. Guests included Fylde Coast Guide Dogs ambassador Hayley Kay, of Radio Wave, civic dignitaries, national representatives from Guide Dogs, local volunteers, supporters and those who worked tirelessly over the years to help Fylde Coast Guide Dogs grow.

The Fylde coast branch of the charity, supporting the training of guide dogs for the blind and partially-sighted, started off as several smaller branches – including Fleetwood, St Annes and Poulton, as well as Blackpool, which later all joined together.

Brenda Wildish, of Fylde Coast Guide Dogs, said: “It was a wonderful evening. We stand on the shoulders of giants today, with all the hard work done over the years. The lifetime cost of a guide dog is £55,000. Guide Dogs receives no funding from Government. The people of the Fylde coast have always been incredibly generous and given great support throughout the years.”

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Lys Hicks, Ramesh and May Gandhi

Lys Hicks, Ramesh and May Gandhi

Guide Dog supporters

Guide Dog supporters

Head of Fundraising Peter Emmett, Mayor of Wyre Councillor Terry Lees, Mayoress and Mayor of Blackpool Joan Goldin and Councillor Kath Rowson, Brenda Wildish, Mayor of Fylde Councillor Christine Akeroyd, and Andy Guiel from the guide dogs demonstration team

Head of Fundraising Peter Emmett, Mayor of Wyre Councillor Terry Lees, Mayoress and Mayor of Blackpool Joan Goldin and Councillor Kath Rowson, Brenda Wildish, Mayor of Fylde Councillor Christine Akeroyd, and Andy Guiel from the guide dogs demonstration team

Sarah Shard (left) and Natalie Shaw, with back (left to right): Christine Clarke, Morag Cassidy and Marcia Shaw

Sarah Shard (left) and Natalie Shaw, with back (left to right): Christine Clarke, Morag Cassidy and Marcia Shaw

Chantelle Rea-Bradley, with Keziah Bradley and Mike Malone

Chantelle Rea-Bradley, with Keziah Bradley and Mike Malone