BDCI ANNOUNCES NEW INITIATIVE 'LEAN ON US' AT FESTIVAL DINNER


This year's BDCI Festival Dinner was the usual unmissable event where key industry figures got together at London's Grosvenor House Hotel for a great evening of fun and entertainment. The legendary TV presenter and anchorman Eamonn Holmes was the guest compare, stepping in to Brain Conley's shoes at the last minute, as he was unable to attend due to his Strictly Come Dancing commitments.

This year's Festival Chairman, Julien Pursglove, kicked off the evening's entertainment arriving on stage to the well known Bill Withers tune of 'Lean on Me', which tied in nicely with the launch of the BDCI's new initiative Lean on Us.

Julien's speech went on to introduce the new initiative from BDCI, "It is increasingly vital that our charity communicates to an ever wider audience the fact that, whilst help is available, we can do nothing practical unless people get in touch, make recommendations, tell us what is needed and apply for grants and funds. For that reason, we're launching an exciting new initiative themed "Lean On Us" and, over the next year, you'll be seeing that theme appearing in many different communications as we seek to spread the message throughout every part of our industry."

Eamonn Holmes then took centre stage and entertained the audience with some hilarious anecdotes of mistaken (and somewhat risqué) pronunciations whilst interviewing people over the years live on air. Eamonn introduced a short, entertaining video message from his wife and co-presenter Ruth, who is also staring on Strictly, and her dancing partner Anton Du Beke wishing the Charity and everyone at the Festival Dinner well. Eamonn's set ended with the whole room joining him in a rousing rendition of the Irish Rover's song 'No, Nay, Never' with a neat change of the word Rover to Drover.

Eamonn was joined on stage by well known after dinner speaker and auctioneer, Bob Bevan who had a very clever strategy for retaining the attention of the room during the auction, in-between each auction item he told a series of hilarious one liners to keep the audience engaged.

Thanks go to the following companies who donated the fantastic live auction lots:

  • Julien Pursglove (Festival Chairman)
  • Randall Parker Foods
  • Viscofan
  • Fairfax Meadows
  • ABP
  • Consall Valley
  • Oakfield
  • Dawn Meats

"The evening was an outstanding success combining a fantastic evening's entertainment for all and raising valuable funds for the meat industry's own charity BDCI. Many thanks to all those who attended and contributed so much in terms of time and money to make the evening such a success." Edward Hoefling, BDCI Treasurer.

 

 

This year's BDCI Festival Dinner was the usual unmissable event where key industry figures got together at London's Grosvenor House Hotel for a great evening of fun and entertainment
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