Press ball guests to enjoy sweet evening

SUGAR mice, Lollies, Fizzy Peaches, Bull's Eyes and Chewy Apple Flavour Bon Bons - what's your favourite sweet?For Acid Drop and Toffee lovers a Felixstowe business man is today offering sweet-toothed guests at this year's Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball the chance to re-live their childhood.

SUGAR mice, Lollies, Fizzy Peaches, Bull's Eyes and Chewy Apple Flavour Bon Bons - what's your favourite sweet?

For Acid Drop and Toffee lovers a Felixstowe business man is today offering sweet-toothed guests at this year's Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball the chance to re-live their childhood.

Chris Daynes, owner of Sweets Reunited and You're Having a Laugh party shop, in Hamilton Road, has donated a £75 hamper of traditional sweets to this year's glittering event.

Mr Daynes, 33, said: “The Press Ball has raised thousands over the years for charity and we are delighted to do our bit for the community by donating the hamper.”

Inside the newly opened shop it is like stepping back in time as the customer is greeted by rows and rows of traditional sweets in jars as well as lollies, chocolates and other confectionary.

Mr Daynes said: “We have been open a couple of weeks and have had a great response from customers. “The hamper of traditional sweets will take everyone back to their childhood.”

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Since the inaugural ball in 1997 the press ball has raised thousands for charity and this year the Press Ball organising committee has chosen the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Disability Care Enterprise as the 2008 beneficiaries.

Held at the Hotel Elizabeth, Copdock, on Friday June 20, music and dancing are followed by an auction and tombola with prizes donated by a number of businesses and organisations.

Bridget York, creative director of events firm Entire Affair, said: “This hamper is a lovely prize and we are extremely grateful to Chris for his generosity.

“Businesses and organisations around the region have been extremely generous in providing some fantastic auction and raffle prizes.”

With this year's Champagne Ball theme and legendary group The Original Buck's Fizz, the Press Ball is expected to be the last word in luxury and sophistication.

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “Everyone loves sweets and this is a great auction prize and I know it will be extremely popular with our guests.

“Our thanks must go to Chris for his generosity.”

Regularly and strongly supported by the county's business community, the Press Ball is once again sponsored by Ipswich firm Call Connection.

Have you been helped by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

PRESS ball bosses are today offering the chance for the business community to offer their help to raise cash for the event's chosen charities.

If your business or organisation would like to donate a raffle or auction prize to the prestigious event or book a table please contact Bridget York on 07961 430599.

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