Great British Dinner Night 2013It was 'all Blighty on the night' at the Great British Dinner

Held on Saturday 9th February in the Village Hall, the first British food evening was a sell-out success!

Mayor of Ribble Valley, Cllr Ian Sayers, and the Mayoress, Mrs Jean Hayes, were our guests - having just flown home from Berlin.

The idea came from the very successful International Dinner Night, which has taken place in October for many years, keeping the pattern but inviting local people to bring British regional favourites instead of overseas dishes.

Starters included Bury black pudding, filled mini-Yorkshire puddings, Leek & Stilton soup (after all, Wales had just won the rugby!) and Morecambe Bay potted shrimps with Keswick-baked bread. Mains took us from Devon pork to Lincolnshire sausages via cockle patties from Preston market, potato pie, veggie sausages and beef and ale stew.

As for desserts and cheese, the table was laden with goodies but soon cleared completely.

A wonderful total of £588 was raised towards St Wilfrid's Church. We hope this might become an annual festive event just before Lent, for years to come. For those who collect flags for Colin Cunliffe, please  do try to collect British county flags too, as his collection is not as complete as his international flags!