Much fun and fundraising at community minibus barbecue

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VOLUNTARY organisations are set to benefit from a barbecue.

The Hayling Island Businessmen’s Club holds a huge event with food, music and dancing each year to raise money for the minibus they lend out to charities and voluntary groups on the island. It is free to use.

This year the barbecue was a huge success with more than £6,000 raised to go towards the cost of a new minibus.

Organiser John Cushion said: ‘The weather was magnificent, the food excellent, the Take That tribute band was outstanding and, by the look on the faces of 500 party goers, everyone had a wonderful evening.

‘Club members, friends and relatives toiled untiringly to turn Northney Farm into the Island’s top party venue. Work finished just in time for the arrival of the first guests. Soon the beef was being carved, the burgers and sausages sizzling and the beer and wine flowing.

‘The various side stalls were kept busy all evening and dancing to Take All That and DJ Malcolm Drew carried on far into the night.

‘And the reward for all the hard work and support? Proceeds of several thousand pounds towards the running of the HIBC Community Bus and other worthwhile causes on the island in the coming year. It was a truly remarkable effort.’

Mr Cushion thanks all who supported the event and the Pike family for use of the barn. Go to hibc.org.uk for details of the minibus.