Wellington's ball boots a massive £12k to charity
CELEBRITIES and Cinderellas basked in an evening of fine food, history and entertainment at the charity fund raising Brussels Ball.
Held at sumptuous Berkeley Castle, the dinner and presentations for 400 guests was hosted by Amaury Blow and collected over £12,000 for children's charity Hop, Skip and Jump.
The Brussels Ball is dubbed "the most famous ball in history".
It was the occasion on the eve of the battle of Waterloo in 1815 at which the Duke of Wellington first heard Napoleon had crossed the Belgian border.
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"The Brussels Ball at Berkeley harked back to the ball of 1815 mythologised by Lord Byron in his epic The Eve of Waterloo," Amaury's spokeswoman Abigail Stuart-Menteth said.
Among the revellers were special "Cinderella" guests Meg Walker, a Stroud breast feeding counsellor, and Lynne Pierce who works with elderly people in Painswick.
Both women won their chance to attend the £160-a-head ball in a Stroud Life fairytale competition.
In Berkeley, before the ball on Saturday, the British Line Infantry, The Red Coats, plus an assortment of period French cavalry, were seen.
British and Prussian colours then arrived along with massed bagpipers and drummers before the fun finally finished at 2am.
Hop Skip and Jump provides day-care and play facilities to disabled and life-limited children from Gloucestershire and further afield.