Route Hunt members turn on the style for charity ball

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On Saturday 21st February 2015, more than 220 Route Hunt members and friends gathered at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine for the annual equestrian charity ball.

This year the event was supporting Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke.

On arrival all enjoyed a drinks reception and many posed for photographs.

Huntsman Jonny Butler blew the hunt horn as a call for dinner and a piper led the hunt officials into the room where they raised the traditional toasts. A delicious dinner was then served.

Before the music started raffle tickets were sold. Each table was guaranteed at least one prize from the raffle as there was a raffle ticket in an envelope for each person at each table with one ticket from each table pre-selected for the draw.

As well as the 22 table prizes there were an additional 28 prizes available thanks to the generosity of hunt members and local businesses. There were also a number of items for auction including paintings, hampers, leisure breaks and a Guess watch.

After the raffle it was time for dancing and it wasn’t long before the dance floor was full and both young and not so young were grooving to the beat of Memory Lane followed by a disco.

Thanks goe to Norma Wilkinson for organising yet another successful equestrian ball, to the Lodge Hotel for the wonderful meal, the hunt members, friends and sponsors for their generous donations to the raffle and auction. Thanks also to the band and DJ for great music and once again the farmers and landowners without whom there would be no hunt.

Weather permitting, the next hunt will take place on Saturday 28th February at noon and organisers hope to see a good turnout of members and visitors and anyone who wishes to follow the hunt on foot.