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Stars coming out to play for worthiest of causes.

One of Newmarket's social events of the year takes place at the July racecourse on April 26 with the staging of the 6th Guineas Ball.

Since the inauguration of the event, well over pounds 100,000 has been raised for various charities and the beneficiaries from this year's event will be the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Friends of Newmarket Day Centre.

The theme this year is

`Hollywood - Glamour and Glitz', and whispers around town suggest an appearance by, among others, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe lookalikes. It has also been rumoured that Patsy and Eddie will be downing the `bolly' and the `Gibb brothers' of tribute band Bees Gees Gold had better beware their notes don't reach a new level from the unwanted attentions of the Ab Fab pair as they entertain a packed marquee.

Vinnie Jones will lend a hand if matters should get out of order and Bad Girls star Clare King will be in attendance to lock 'em up, while Steve Pinder, better known as Max from Brookside, is another star of the screen who will be attending

and Radio 2's Sarah Kennedy has also pledged her support for the event.

As ever, the highlight of the evening will be the charity auction. An original boxing glove signed by Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson,

Lennox Lewis and George Foreman will be up for grabs and other noteworthy items include a private box for 14 people at Goodwood which includes all food and refreshments, a break on a private island for two people, a cottage on the Isle of Mull and a Coronation Street package.

Julie Thompson, one of the members of the Guineas Ball committee, says: "I can guarantee it will be the best-ever ball and we are hoping it will raise a huge amount of money for the charities we are supporting."

The black-tie bash kicks off at 7.15pm with a champagne reception followed by dinner and dancing until the early hours. The event is always oversubscribed, but the marquee company has agreed to allow five more tables to be erected.

The remaining tables are likely to go like gold dust, but any interested parties can contact Thompson on 07799 370327, Emma Rattray on 07710 548271, or Tolly Considine on 0797 9841943.

Tables of ten only are available at pounds 1,100, and as a past survivor of the event, I recommend attendance.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2003
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