'˜Wonderful' night of celebration for Guide Dogs

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

Friday, 17th March 2017, 4:32 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:02 am
Sue Ballantyne, Barbara Clarkson, Marj Boyer, Andy Guiel and Cheryl Johnson, with guide dogs Bamber, Fliss and Thelma

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

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.

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Brenda Wildish, John Child and Stephanie Smith

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.”

Lys Hicks, Ramesh and May Gandhi
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
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
Brenda Wildish, John Child and Stephanie Smith
Lys Hicks, Ramesh and May Gandhi
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
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