THE red carpet is being rolled out to couples for the Lord Mayor’s ball.
The romantic event has been missing from the mayoral calender for several years now, but Councillor Steve Wylie has decided to revive it.
His charity ball on Saturday, February 14 promises to be a glittering black-tie event at the Portsmouth Guildhall.
The ball will be a special one for the Lord Mayor, who served as a waiter at previous balls when he was a student.
He will take the first dance with the Lady Mayoress, his wife Elisabeth.
He said: ‘There hasn’t been a ball like this for the best part of a decade.
‘I wanted to revive it because I remember serving at them when I was a waiter and being impressed by them as such grand civic events.
‘It seemed like the whole city was coming together to have a celebration.
‘I even remember serving the Lord Mayor of the day.
‘There are still staff at the Guildhall who I worked with in those days, and they think it’s great that one of the team is now at the top table.
‘It will be a brilliant event, with a red carpet on the steps of the Guildhall and love messages on the big screen in the square.’
The party will be hosted by DJ Steve Kingsley, and The Band of Her Royal Marines will perform.
‘It’s great that Portsmouth Cultural Trust, which runs the Guildhall, has given us the venue for free,’ added Cllr Wylie.
‘It’s not just for couples – there will be tables with just ladies on them, and tables with just men.’
The event will raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which this year benefits Pompey in the Community, Portsmouth Play and Youth Association, the Salvation Army’s Haven Community Centre and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. It is being held at no cost to public funds.
Some places are still left. Tickets are £45, or £400 for a table of 10, and include reception drinks and a three-course meal.
To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07795 660853.