Final preparations underway for Grande Gala Dinner Dance and Auction flooding fundraiser

The event will take place at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

Preparations are taking shape for the Grande Gala Dinner Dance and Auction which will be held at the Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn next weekend.

The event is in aid of ongoing efforts to raise funds for those affected by the catastrophic flooding during the summer.

At the end of July, Swaledale, Arkengarthdale and Wensleydale were hit by some of the worst flooding seen in over 20 years.

The final cost of repairing property, infrastructure and businesses, rehousing residents and helping them to replace belongings and rebuild their lives, will not be known for some time as many of those worst affected are still assessing the extent of the damage.

Funds raised by this and other local events are being channelled through the Two Ridings Community Foundation which has already distributed over £130,000 in immediate and longer term payments.

The black tie dinner dance is taking place on Saturday, November 2, at 7pm and includes champagne and canapé reception and four course dinner, followed by dancing to two live bands, Eye Bleach and Belvoir Hill, with DJ Josh Westwood.

Lord Peel, patron of The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, will open the event.

The charity has been inundated with generous donations for the silent and live auctions – from beauty products to clay pigeon shooting, overnight stays to autographed books, deer stalking to window cleaning and a private flight to original pieces of artwork, there is genuinely something for everyone.

For the detailed list of auction lots and how to bid, visit

Tickets are £40 each, tables of ten, and are on sale at JR Hopper & Co in Leyburn, Hawes Auction Mart Office, Reeth Post Office and the Farmers Arms at Muker, or by emailing

Two local companies are also running a coach service to and from the event and this can be booked when buying tickets; Harkers Coaches will leave Reeth at 6pm and Fosters Coaches will leave Hawes at 6pm, picking up passengers en-route.