Guest of Honour was Sir Steve Redgrave CBE.
Director, Jo Ewart-Sear introduced the evening and Chairman Brell Ewart gave a resume on the company’s history, overview of current status and aspirations for the future.
Brell thanked all the various accountants, insurers and legal people who have advised the company throughout the first forty years, as well as suppliers and clients. He went on to outline what charitable work the company does at Ffestiniog Railway and also how the company’s staff carry out charitable work individually, something the company is very proud of.
A prize draw was made on the evening in support of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) raising £6700 in total. Col. John Wilson, Vice Lieutenant of Derbyshire spoke about the DNRC and thanked Whitehouse for the support given to service personnel, both practically and on the night to the Black Stork Charity.
You can read more about the DNRC here: www.thednrc.org.uk
Sir Steve Redgrave CBE arrived in Ashbourne before travelling to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School where he spoke to a number of elite athletes. He presented Sports Colours to students and a special lifetime award to long-serving sports master Martin Farr.
During dinner, Sir Steve told the story of his five Olympic Gold Medal winning events, his training and the many sacrifices made to achieve these, and his five Gold Medals were displayed for guests to observe.
Brell Ewart, Chairman said: “We were delighted and honoured to have such a great sporting icon as Sir Steve with us for the day.
To see five Olympic Gold Medals and talk to Sir Steve has been the most memorable occasion in the life of the company and its Directors, and also to support Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School alongside the DNRC Charity has made the day truly worthwhile.
We now look forward to 10 years’ time and our fiftieth anniversary!”