Fund-raising ball is blessed by Queen

Richard from Watkins with the letter from the Queen. 499C
Richard from Watkins with the letter from the Queen. 499C
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WATKINS has raised thousands of pounds for charity with a bash to celebrate their 100th birthday.

The Westgate butchers is 100 years old this year and to celebrate a special evening was organised at Belton Woods.

Terry and Linda Newall at the Watkins Ball. PHOTO: Gordon Arch Photography.

Terry and Linda Newall at the Watkins Ball. PHOTO: Gordon Arch Photography.

Linda Newall of Watkins said: “It was amazing - fantastic.

“There was more than 200 people there with music from Crazy Ape and gaming tables for everyone.

“Everyone said they had an amazing time.”

An estimated £2,500 was raised at the event which will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Prior to the ball the butchers received a surprising correspondence from Buckingham Palace.

Linda’s husband, Terry Newall, had written to the Queen about Watkins’ 100th birthday, enclosing old photographs featured in the Journal earlier this year and displayed on the walls at Watkins. The letter also informed the Queen of the plans for the fund-raising ball.

Watkins received a reply on Buckingham Palace headed paper from Christopher Sandamas, Chief Clerk to the Queen.

The letter stated: “Her Majesty was most interested to receive the enclosed photographs and the history of the business.

“The Queen sends her best wishes to all those who will be present for a most memorable and enjoyable event.”

Linda Newall said: “We couldn’t believe it when it came through the post.

“It’s nice that they even acknowledged it.”

PHOTO CREDIT (ball pic): Gordon Arch Photography