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Clubbers turn out in force

PUBLISHED: 14:27 13 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

SCANTILY clad women in big fur boots, stilt walkers, a stick of dynamite running around, cross dressing and lots of day-glo - this was no normal Friday night at Kartouche.

SCANTILY clad women in big fur boots, stilt walkers, a stick of dynamite running around, cross dressing and lots of day-glo – this was no normal Friday night at Kartouche.

For one night only the town's biggest promoters had come together under one roof to work together to create a great night of entertainment but, more importantly, to raise money for the International Red Cross' efforts in the US.

They had pulled out all the stops to make the event a visual spectacular. Although the 50 foot blue, inflatable gorilla expected to be clinging to the outside of the building had been cancelled, due to problems tethering it down, inside, beyond the smoke, was an abundance of luminous signs and costumed characters to add vibrancy and colour to the night.

And the music pumped out of the club's sound system in three rooms to ensure the dancefloors came to life with a mass of frenzied dancing.

The idea for the night came from Danny Hatley of Xenial Promotions, who spent most of the charity night daubed in white paint prowling round Kartouche on stilts.

After seeing the terrorist atrocities unfold on television he had felt the need to do something and contacted more than 30 promoters, businesses, DJs and entertainers to ask them to chip in. Most of them did happily, offering their efforts for free to make the event the best it could be.

And last night it was clear their efforts had paid off as hundreds of clubbers, some regulars to Kartouche's Friday nights, others new to the club altogether, poured into the venue to enjoy the music and entertainment and do their bit for the Red Cross.

The figure of how much has been raised by the night has yet to be confirmed, but with every £5 entry price paid going to the charity it is expected to be in the thousands.

Weblink: www.kartouche.net

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