BBC Children in need
30 July 2015

Throwback Thursday: Our First BBC Children In Need Gala Dinner

We have run ‘An Evening with the Stars’ for BBC Children In Need gala dinner for the past four years and this year, on October 15th, will be our fifth year and we can’t wait. We thought we’d share our memories with you in our ‘Throwback Thursday’ feature.

After months of late nights, planning and preparing, the evening finally arrived. We made our way to the glamourous Battersea Evolution to set up and make sure the venue was perfect ahead of our guest arrivals.

Guests were welcomed at 6.30pm and made their way to either the Barcardi Bar for a cocktail reception where they had the choice of three exotic cocktails or the Heineken Bar. Guests loved the choice, something a little different to the usual champagne reception. Radio and Television legend Sir Terry Wogan then welcomed everyone to the Main Arena as the evening got into full swing.

Throughout the evening guests were entertained by the comic genius Jon Culshaw as the host of the event. Jon has joined us every year for this fabulous occasion and he continues to get rave reviews, always the crowd-pleaser.

The guests were treated to the fantastic headline act; Texas, who had the number one album ‘White on Blond’ which was also their biggest seller. They sang hits such as ‘Say what you want’ and ‘Put your arms around me’. The crowd was mesmerised by Charlotte Church’s angel-like voice as she sung her classics ‘Crazy Chick’ and ‘Call My Name’. What a line up!

The entertainment didn’t stop there; gymnastic’s troupe and Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound stunned the guests with daring acrobatic moves and flexible stunts. Followed by each table taking part in the popular TV quiz ‘They Think It’s A Question of Sport’ with cricketing legend Phil Tufnell and actor and TV presenter Nick Hancock. This included a picture board round, what happened next round and a general quiz. It proved extremely popular with guests working in their teams to take the victory medals home.

The evening raised a whopping £212k for the ground breaking BBC charity ‘Children In Need’  which was helped by the Grand Auction which included a Peugeot car, various VIP tickets to fantastic events, holidays, yacht experiences and signed sporting memoribilia.

2011 marked the beginning of a very exciting event and every year since it’s been our favourite. It’s a glamorous, exclusive, dramatic, celebrity filled, entertainment packed, spectacular event (with food designed and created by Michelin starred Angela Harnett) and of course it raises money for a wonderful charity. We can’t wait until BBC Children in Need ‘An Evening with the Stars’ 2015, where we return to the original venue, Battersea Evolution.

Written By Tom