GOWNS glittered and shoes shone as guests gathered for the Saddleworth Parish Council annual Civic Ball.
More than 100 councillors, their partners and friends were joined by special guests and dignitaries from nearby towns to enjoy the evening at the Civic Hall in Uppermill.
After a drinks reception, Saddleworth Parish Council chairman Neil Allsopp and his wife Carol led a procession to their seats, including Mayor of Oldham Cllr Ateeque Ur Rehman and his wife Cllr Yasmin Toor and Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams and her husband John.
Grace was said by Revd Barbara Christopher and there was a welcome by Master of Ceremonies Cllr John Hudson before a splendid three-course dinner was served by Little Deer Hill Catering.
Then guests danced the night way to music from The Glu Tones and a charity raffle raised £818.85 for the Parish Council Chairman’s chosen charities.
Chairman Cllr Neil Allsopp thanked his Charity Committee for their hard work throughout the year, as well as the Civic Hall staff and particularly dedicated clerk Pam Bailey.
“I would also like to thank my fellow parish councillors for their hard work to make Saddleworth a better place,” he added.
“But I couldn’t have done this without the support of my wife Carol. She is by far the better part of the two of us.”
Debbie Abrahams MP spoke about her work for the fairness commission, and thanked locals for their “overwhelming generosity” and help on refugee projects across the borough.
And the Mayor of Oldham revealed he automatically accepts all invitations from Saddleworth as “it is always a privilege and a real pleasure to come here”.
“You are doing an excellent job in Saddleworth and we have enjoyed every event we come to,” he added.
“We were aiming to beat the record for attended, which is held by John Hudson. We won’t even come close but we will be a comfortable second!”