On Tuesday 5th November, the Lord Mayor Alderman Peter Estlin hosted his spectacular Grand Finale at Guildhall which was a huge success. The evening, themed very appropriately 'Going Out With A Bang', was attended by 460 guests and featured live performances of songs from the West End hit musical We Will Rock You, performed by professional signers and dancers from Beyond Repair Dance who were joined by a group of young people from Future OnSide Youth Zone in Barking & Dagenham.
The evening started with a Champagne reception in the Old Library followed by dinner in the Great Hall which kicked off with a captivating performance of One Vision and I Want to Break Free, followed by more exciting performances between the dinner courses. The young people from OnSide Youth Zones joined the cast for a high energy performance of We Will Rock You after the main course, showcasing their impressive dance talent. There was also a silent auction with 46 exciting lots on offer which guests were able to bid for via electronic tablets and a highly successful live auction by Jeffrey Archer for six fantastic lots including a safari lodge in Kenya, a ski apartment for 10 in Val D'Isere and a hot air balloon ride across London.
After numerous high value pledges from the audience the evening culminated into a very special encore performance of the Lord Mayor joining the Beyond Repair Dance cast to perform We Are The Champions and Radio Gaga which guests joined in to sing along to and ended with a standing ovation from the audience.
The Lord Mayor's Appeal would like to thank everyone who have supported us on the event: in particular all those who bought tables or tickets or donated prizes as well as the Organising Committee for all their hard work.
The Grand Finale was the final fundraising event for the 2018-19 mayoral year and we look forward to seeing you at some of the exciting events we have planned for the 2019-20 mayoral year. Please take a look at the events calendar here for further details.