On Saturday 22nd September the Bank of England sports club played host to the inaugural Peter Westropp Memorial Trust event. The trust got off to a flying start, raising a phenomenal £18,050 on the night.
266 guests lit up the autumn evening with neon outfits of sublime creativity and charm, the ante was upped as each new arrival came around the corner. As we moved into the marquee, the stage was set for what would be an absolutely triumphant night of entertainment. Described variously as; 'an absolute belter', 'definitely in the top 5 evenings of my life' and 'the most innovative and entertaining auction I've ever experienced, but that mankini isn't doing Ben any favours'.
As tributes go, this one ranked among the very most fitting and we would like to thank all those that a) turned up b) dressed so jaw-droppingly well c) were so phenomenally generous and d) helped to make this an event that will live long in the memory.
Poignant speeches were given by John 'The Daddy' Westropp and Sam Hufton, both of whom gave a fitting testament to Pete, launched the trust with some gusto and tickled the guests (metaphorically). The evening moved into top gear with Jim Westropp orchestrating a stunning 266 person Suitcase waterfall, in a time of 03:16, at ¾ of a second SCPP. It's a new a world record (to be confirmed).
Ted Westropp harnessed the excitement of the crowd with aplomb to give a masterclass in auctioneering. Then it was the turn of the Westropp Band who delivered belter after belter, with notable sax solos from Andy Bell and an admirable stanza of sleep-guitaring from Charles Westropp.
Special thanks also goes to the 'hubs' and table captains that put in the extra effort to create centre-pieces for their respective groups. They were all magnificent and perfect doffs of the cap to Peter.
The evening was a triumph, thanks to everybody embracing the celebration and launch of the trust with so much enthusiasm. We hope you have all gone away with motivation to raise sponsorship money and launch events of your own, with excitement levels comparable to a gaggle of teenage girls at a Justin Beiber vs Justin Timberlake, neon lycra wrestling contest. ('Battle of the Justins', to feature at the 2013 Dinner).
Plans are afoot for the operators gig, of which you all kindly donated during the auction. Watch this space.
There are a selection of photos below (please click for a larger version) and many more here.