MORE than £2,000 was raised at a Burns Night celebration organised by Hartlepool’s Ceremonial Mayor.
The Grand Hotel, in Swainson Street, Hartlepool, was packed out as residents enjoyed the sparkling Scottish-themed event on Saturday night.
The event, organised by Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, raked in money in support of Macmillan Cancer Support, Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group and the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.
Guests tucked into a traditional Scottish meal including Scotch broth and haggis with neeps and tatties.
Hartlepool Council chief executive Dave Stubbs made the Toast to the Lassies while Mail editor Joy Yates carried out the reply to the Toast.
Coun Akers-Belcher thanked the Masters of Ceremonies, Scottish pipers Kevin Reilly and Frank Bonner and guests for attending.
He added: “It was a really, really good night. It was a sell-out.
“The room was absolutely packed out and everyone seemed to have a fantastic night.
“We raised more than £2,000, which was great, so I’d like to say a big thankyou to everyone who helped to raise the money.
“I’d also like to thank Amacus who sponsored the event and helped to fund the running costs, which meant all of the money raised on the night could go directly to our charities.”