HOWARD sang for 200 ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ at The Stanley House Hotel in Blackburn on March 26, 2009, at a special event featuring Strictly Come Dancing stars, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. Anton and Erin provided a dancing spectacular at the five star venue, Lancashire’s only boutique hotel, with a classic showcase of ballroom dances. They danced the Foxtrot, Tango, English Waltz, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. The event, which sold out within weeks of going on sale, saw guests enjoy an afternoon of pampering – with dancing, shopping and dining the order of the day. After the spectacular dance performance from Anton and Erin, a specially created ‘Spring in Your Step’ cocktail was enjoyed by all. Lancashire fine food suppliers, florists and fashion boutiques set up stalls in three of the hotel’s suites, so guests could shop before lunch, whilst being entertained by Howard with timeless classics like ‘Mr Bo Jangles’ and ‘Come Fly With Me’. Howard was seated at lunch with Anton and Erin and was served a delicious two course meal featuring a seafood and tarragon quiche served with fresh rocket salad and new potatoes. Dessert was a fluffy meringue nest, filled with exotic fruits and served with raspberry coulis. Howard entertained the guests with swing songs as they enjoyed their dessert course, before Anton and the glamorous Erin took to the floor to host a question and answer session. The pair revealed secrets about their dancing partnership and life on the set of one of television’s most popular shows. The event was a huge success and over £2,000 was raised for local charity Self Unlimited, which helps adults with learning difficulties and runs Stanley Grange care home on Roach Road in Salmesbury. Howard has been invited to sing at the next ‘Ladies Who Lunch’. For more details, please contact Stanley House on 01254 769200.
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