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flocked to Stranraers Millennium Centre on Friday night
for a memorable Children In Need party.
one point, around a thousand people packed in to the centre
as a BBC team filmed the fun for nationwide broadcast.
7.15 pm the first live snippet was beamed out; a brief introductory
flash to the screaming crowd.
Heather Suttie fronted a two-minute live slot just after 7.30
where she went around some of the stalls chatting to various
characters including a Harry Potter lookalike and a dead-ringer
for cartoon baddie Cruella De Ville.
by the Free Press later revealed that Cruella
was, in fact, Eileen Bryant, project worker for lone parent
support charity Gingerbread.
group a national charity launched a Stranraer
branch in September and managed, between that and their Whithorn
branch, to raise £431.65 for Children In Need.
money kept flooding in all night. Donations were required
to gain entry to the Centre and, once in, there were a range
of stalls and games designed to make the kind-hearted public
part with some of their cash.
Clark, the former Park School headteacher, was local compere
for the evening and joked:
had to look far and wide for a host older than Terry Wogan,
but they eventually found one me!
his co-compere, BBC girl Heather Suttie, he added:
found her very easy to work with she genuinely seemed
to enjoy working with all the children.
Clark added I was really pleased with the turnout
from the town, It was beyond my wildest dreams. We know
that the BBC were very pleased with the output from Stranraer
because they fed that back to us in the Centre.
Miller, from the Chamber of Commerce, who hastily but successfully
arranged the evening of fundraising fun gave the night his
thumbs-up too, adding
turnout was just incredible.