GUESTS were ‘dressed to thrill’ at the Middlewich Town Mayor’s Civic Dinner and Local Hero Awards Charity Night on April 20.

Clr Simon McGrory and wife Gemma hosted a ‘James Bond 007’ themed night and welcomed Town Mayors, the Mayor of Cheshire East and the local MP to the event at Middlewich Town Hall.

Guests tried their luck on the Casino tables and a charity raffle was held with prizes from generous donors.

Clr McGrory said: “I am extremely grateful for all those who contributed and helped towards making the night such a great success.”

Over £1000 was raised for Mayor’s charitable causes, the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust and Middlewich Cricket and Football Club youth teams, on the night.

Other success stories of the night were the Local Heroes and winners were presented with awards from the Mayor.

The Community Award, went to Ricki Bridle, of Rick’s Taxi’s, who said he was surprised to be crowned winner.

He added: “I was on holiday so I couldn’t attend. I was surprised to get nominated and couldn’t understand why!

“It’s nice to get some sort of recognition.”

The Small Business Award went to Paul Cochran of the White Bear Pub, who took four of his regulars along on the night.

He said: “It was nice to dress up as I don’t get much time off at all.

“We all work hard. It’s my business but it was all down to my staff. Without our 16 staff we wouldn't be getting such an award.”

Darren Kettley of the Middlewich Clean Team (MCT) won the Mayor’s special award and he thanked his fellow MCT members for their support.

He added: “I was taken by surprise on the night as I had no idea of the award, I felt very proud and a little nervous as this has never happened to me.”

All of the awards were sponsored by Pochins.