Press ball tickets selling fast

TICKETS for the 2008 Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball are selling “like hot cakes”, organisers revealed today. With headline acts to include legendary Eurovision winners The Original Bucks Fizz and X-Factor contestant Adam Chandler, interest in the glittering evening has been huge after this year's event was launched in The Evening Star.

TICKETS for the 2008 Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball are selling “like hot cakes”, organisers revealed today.

With headline acts to include legendary Eurovision winners The Original Bucks Fizz and X-Factor contestant Adam Chandler, interest in the glittering evening has been huge after this year's event was launched in The Evening Star.

Bridget York, creative director of top-notch London events firm Entire Affair, said: “This is a fantastic line up and since the Press Ball was launched in the paper there has been considerable interest in tickets.

“They are now selling like hot cakes and the event is selling out fast.”

Miss York, who has organised a number of previous press balls, said this year's Champagne Ball theme will be the “last word” in luxury and sophistication.

She added: “We have some fantastic auction prizes already lined up and some fabulous ideas to make sure the evening goes with a swing.”

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Adam, who performed at last year's Press Ball, will entertain the expected 400 guests before Cheryl Baker, Shelley Preston, and Mike Nolan take to the floor with their high-octane and high-energy routines.

Now in its 12th year, organisers are hoping to raise a whopping £20,000 for Suffolk charities.

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

Evening Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “Plans are in place for a fantastic evening. The Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball is a highlight of the Suffolk business and social calendar and tickets are strictly limited. Now is the time to make your reservations.

“With the exceptional talents of The Original Bucks Fizz and Adam Chandler this is certainly going to be a night to remember.”

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

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of Call Connection, said: “I am delighted that Call Connection is to sponsor the 2008 Press Ball.

“These acts alongside the meticulous planning and attention to detail exercised by Bridget and her team mean this is going to be a spectacular evening.”

If you would like tickets call Bridget York on 020 8429 7530 or e-mail ipswich@entireaffair.com

Have you been a guest at the press ball? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Previous Press Ball special guest star's have included magician Paul Daniels, comic Bobby Davro and singer Tony Hadley.

The band was formed in 1981 to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Making Your Mind Up was a number one hit for the group in nine different countries.

The following year they had another Number One with Land of Make Believe.

In 1984 Bucks Fizz toured the UK on a seven-week sell-out tour. After a gig in Newcastle the group were involved in a coach crash which resulted in the serious injury of Mike Nolan. He later recovered.

There have been 15 members of the group since its formation in 1981. Bucks Fizz operated as a trio between 1990 and 1993.

All 5 members of Bucks Fizz: Cheryl Baker, Jay Aston, Shelley Preston, Bobby G and Mike Nolan got together in November 2006 to film a video for Comic Relief with the British comedian Peter Kay.

Bucks Fizz was often mentioned and joked about in the long running BBC TV series, As Time Goes By.

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