Licence to thrill at James Bond ball

WE don t expect you to talk, Mr Bond – we expect you to dine. Guests at the Mayor of Huntingdon s charity ball are going to be shaken and stirred as Councillor Jennifer Octopussy Sarabia has planned plenty of surprises at her Casino Royal-themed affair.

WE don't expect you to talk, Mr Bond - we expect you to dine.

Guests at the Mayor of Huntingdon's charity ball are going to be shaken and stirred as Councillor Jennifer 'Octopussy' Sarabia has planned plenty of surprises at her Casino Royal-themed affair.

And you should expect nothing less from the woman whose Hallowe'en party invitations led to the police being called (the fake, severed finger caused upset in some quarters).

She will arrive in a limo and will be licensed to thrill her guests (all 116 tickets quickly sold out) to a night to remember on Saturday, March 29.


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Huntingdon is set to see a charity civic ball like no other. The 007-themed event will include a laser display outside in the Market Square, a 21-foot expanse of red carpet laid up to the town hall and a collection of classic James Bond-style cars, including a Bentley Continental, parked in the market square.

Cllr Sarabia, who is raising money for her charities, will arrive with her husband, Johnny, in a stretch red Chrysler limousine with doors which lift up to reveal the luxury interior.

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The upper floor of the town hall will be turned into a casino with professional croupiers running the tables and guests playing to win a day trip to France. Then as well as some fine dining, there will be a prize draw and Cllr Sarabia has had her own personalised scratch card designed for the night with chocolates as the prizes.

Cllr Sarabia said: "I am going to a lot of trouble but I am sure we will make a lot of money for my charities. After all - you only live twice."

The £35 a head tickets will include dancing to the band After Dark and a four-course dinner created by top chef Nigel Brice from Stukeley Meadows.

There will also be a professional photographer on the night who will take pictures which the dancers can buy at the end of the evening.

This year's mayor's charities are Huntingdonshire Volunteer Bureau, West Anglia Crossroads Caring for Carers and the Gabriel Newton Educational Foundation.

INFORMATION: The classic cars will be on display in Huntingdon Market Square form 6.30pm to 8pm. Businesses who wish to sponsor roulette tables are welcome. Contact Huntingdon Town Council at 1 Trinity Place, Huntingdon or call 01480 388683.

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