Darcie Williamson-Pound achieved the double on Saturday night by winning the fancy dress competition in the under 6s category for the second year in a row. Last year she dressed up as blood sucking lawyer and this year she was a corpse bride. The Mayor and Mayoress Julian and Gabriele Brooks were the judges this year. Darcie’s Dad said, “My wife did Darcie’s costume and make-up – she’s obviously very good at it!” In the over 6s category, Lucas Henldey, aged 9 won dressed up as a mummy. He goes to St Nicholas School in Abingdon. Both children won tickets to the cinema kindly donated by the Regal Picturehouse. Julian said afterwards, “Everyone has put in so much time and effort in to their costumes and make-up. It was really hard to choose.”
More than 2,000 people attended and families made the most of the bar, cake stall, raffle, hog roast and children’s carousel. Music from Reading based Fiesta steel band helped create a fantastic atmosphere ahead of the magnificently colourful firework display.
Tracey Hancock, Head of Fundraising, comments: “It was a fantastic turnout and I’d like to say a huge thanks to all who attended. We truly appreciate the support of our local community, supporters, sponsors, and partners, in particular Invesco Perpetual who so generously sponsored the firework display. We could not do what we do here at Nettlebed Hospice without your help. Our fireworks night is one of our biggest fundraising events, helping us to continue to provide incredible care across Oxfordshire, and we are very happy to reveal we raised an amazing £16,000.”