Who would have thought that a very large gloomy sports hall could play
host to the high profile
evening to launch this event. No problem to Paul Weatherill. In two days he and his men had
transformed the hall into a candelabra lit stunning venue unlike anything seen here before.
Other local businesses sponsored the event to ensure that any monies raised went to the bid to
improve the facilities at the school for the benefit whole community.
Introduced by Master of Ceremonies, Chris Dalton, the Chairman of Governors, Janis Crabtree spoke to
the 160 invited guest about the purpose of the evening and introduced Michael Rose, the Head Teacher.
The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band from Diss played during the three course supper. Very
talented young students from the school provided dance and music. Knightshift Dance performed two
items from Cats and All that Jazz while the school band Illusive performed a selection
of songs written by themselves all to rapturous acclaim.
The Rt. Hon Gillian Shephard MP was the guest of honour and praised
the work of the school.
She was followed by Michael Rose who gave the main presentation laying out the purpose of the evening,
to raise the necessary money to fund expansion of facilities for use by the whole community. Two young
people spoke next to be followed by Richard Crabtree who endorsed the bid and confirmed the
Chamber of Trades continuing involvement. Marilyn Scrymgeour, Town Mayor, was the final speaker
on behalf of the whole community.
Sponsors of the evening were Weatherill Brothers, Steven Smith, Crumbs
Bakery, Tesco Stores,
Myhills and Breckland Wines. Phil Heald at the Academy of Sound provided the sound system and
Les Bell of Entertainment Technical Services provided the lighting. Past pupils David Hughes and Sarah
Parnis organised the food and Stephen Knights trained the dances. The Friends of Wayland Community
High School along with staff and students worked hard to ensure the success of the night.