Spring dance

by Mark Rowe

One of the main social events in the calendar of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals is its spring dance. Some 180 attended the 21st Spring Dance, which raised more than £35,000 for the Worshipful Company’s Security Benevolent Fund and Charitable Trust.

Beginning with a drinks reception, the guests were entertained during dinner with the soulful vibes of Irie J as MC. The online auction was presented on screen and tablets at each table with active bidding right up to the deadline. Lots included 02 private box seats for the last Elton John tour, 02 private box seats for four at The Who Hits Back tour, dining at the House of Lords, a private box for ten at the Albert Hall, a Monte Carlo experience for 40 people, a private chef with food and wines included for eight, cooked at your home – the successful bid came from Jayne and Mike Barley. Also on offer were exclusive candles, premium wines in a Fortnum & Mason hamper, a £900 wine library voucher priced at £400; An exclusive black-tie regimental dinner for two in the City of London and the exclusive Springbank single malt.

Sincere thanks go to all those who supported the evening including: JCI, the Kingham Family, CIS Security, Baroness Henig, 3MI Battalion, RAF Police, SSR Personnel, RAF Regiment, Wilson James, UMBRA International, Daisy French, Peter Fraser-Hopewell, Yasmeen Stratton, HMS Medway, Goss Twins, ExCeL, Wembley Stadium, Malcolm Davidge and the RMP.

The ‘silent ninjas’ (thanks to the apprentices and young members) spent the evening roaming the room collecting money for the raffle as well as taking pledges for the Hackney Carriage Drivers Magical Taxi Tour.

After dinner, ‘Typically Tina’ and her dance troup were released and entertained the diners! A few members showed some extraordinary dance moves and thanks go to resident photographer and Professional Security Magazine Roy Cooper who captured so much of it all on camera; see the April print edition of Professional Security.

Thanks go to all the night’s sponsors: event and auction, Hikvision UK & Ireland, Entertainment Universal Security Systems, Professional Northern Trust, Reception drinks IFSEC Global; and after-party bar Mayflex, Hackney Carriage Drivers appeal Gratte Brothers Ltd, SBF appeal sponsor SSR Personnel and Charitable Trust appeal sponsor Pinkerton; and media sponsors Professional Security Magazine.

Thanks to all who attended, who bid on the auction lots, who gave money in the raffle and made a pledge to the Magical Taxi Tour. And thanks to Past Master, Peter French MBE, CEO at SSR Personnel, pictured, for coordinating another successful event.

If you were unable to attend or were unlucky in your auction bid, and would like to make a donation to the Charitable Trust or Security Benevolent Fund, go to the GoFundMe links on the website

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