Annie’s Walcott jazz event is a grand success

Folk flocked from all corners of Norfolk to support a Macmillan fund-raising bonanza which included live jazz and tables groaning with cakes.

Organiser Annie Slater raised over �1,700 at Thursday's event, in a marquee outside Walcott's Lighthouse Inn.

She hopes to boost the total to �2,000 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support's annual World's Biggest Coffee Morning.

Singer Mrs Slater, 73, from Hoveton, performed with the Jazzannie Five, and jazz trio Tony Ireland, Dennis Payne and Dick Pearce also played.

She estimates that about 200 people attended during the four-and-a-half hour event, travelling from as far afield as King's Lynn, Dereham and Yarmouth.

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'It was absolutely brilliant - I haven't got enough adjectives to describe how wonderful it was,' she said.

Attractions also included stalls selling homemade jams and marmalades, plants and garden produce, bric-a-brac, toys and books, plus a raffle and tombola.

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North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb dropped in, as did former BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Maggie Secker who auctioned a tea towel printed with poems sent into her Maggie's Brew programme - including one penned by Mrs Slater. It raised �20 for the cause.

Specially-decorated cup cakes, representing Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning mug logo, were among goodies baked by Donna-Michelle Plumb and her mother Caroline Wright, of Crystal Cakes, in Bacton.

Helen Chapman, area fund-raising manager for Macmillan, said Mrs Slater had put an amazing amount of effort into her event which was among 1,650 staged throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

Macmillan expect that all donations will be in by December and they are hoping to raise about �200,000 in Norfolk. Last year's event realised �165,000 across the county.

As well as supporting the work of the charity's specialist nurses and other health professionals, Ms Chapman said the cash would go towards things like grants to make life easier for sufferers and their families, and to keep a support telephone helpline running.

* Mrs Slater will be holding another jazz fund-raising event at the Butcher's Arms, East Ruston, on November 25 at 7.30pm. Proceeds will go to the Worstead Day Care Centre which is attended by her husband, Lewis.

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