The return of the 1920s at the Brighton Grand Hotel

22 November 2013

Guests attending our annual fundraiser were taken back in time as they passed through security checks for access to the Library Pietro James, where the password gave access through a secret bookcase door into the Fat Slam Bar and Bootlegger ballroom for an evening of glitz, glamour, fine food and entertainment based around a Great Gatsby and speakeasy theme.

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Pre-dinner drinks, served speakeasy style in tea-cups were enjoyed alongside the human fruit machine and other games, whilst guests had their pictures taken with a genuine 1927 Alvis. 

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When guests took their seats in the ballroom, the entertainment started with a Kentucky Derby, involving some rather interesting ‘jockeys’.

First out of the starting gate was Sussex Crimestoppers Patron, Dr Peter James (pictured below, second from left), closely followed by Sussex Chief Constable Martin Richards (third from left, below), President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde (third from right), Sussex Police and Crime Commisioner Katy Bourne (second from right) and Sussex Cimestoppers volunteer Stuart Campbell (far right) - a close race with tension all the way to the finishing line! 

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And that was just the beginning of a very enjoyable evening! As the live jazz quartet played, local dancing groups (Brighton College dance students and Brighton Lindyhoppers) demonstrated their talents. 

After a splendid 3 course dinner with wine and coffee followed by a raffle and exclusive auction (click here to see the auction items), it was closing time in the Bootlegger Balroom and guests returned to the Fat Slam Bar to while away the small hours with friends old and new.

As the final calculations are being worked out it would appear that the evening has been a great success in raising funds to help fight crime in Sussex and, equally as important, the profile of Crimestoppers has once again been highlighted to our community.

Local Brighton Photographer, Lynda Kelly of Butterfly portraits kindly donated her time and skills to create a photo gallery of the event which can be found here. Guests may download pictures through this link, but are asked to make an appropriate donation to Sussex Crimestoppers for this facility. Click here to make a donation to Sussex Crimestoppers

Sussex Crimestoppers volunteer committee members would like to acknowledge the generosity of the following individuals and businesses for donating raffle and auction prizes or for supporting ethe Speakeasy Spectacular event in other ways:

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Donations made through the Crimestoppers website go directly to the charity's central funds and not to Sussex Crimestoppers. If you would like to donate to Sussex Crimestoppers, or would like further details on any of our initiatives and activities, please contact Angela Hollinshead, Regional Manager for Surrey and Sussex.