They dined, they drank, they laughed, they cheered, they raced for kicks and gambled for charity …all in all, everyone had a really great time at the FIT Show Gala Dinner – and a great chance to relax after the rigours of the exhibition floor.
Top of the bill, award-winning stand up comic and ventriloquist Nina Conti had the audience in stitches, especially with the help of Linear’s Susan Davenport, Andy Jones of Edgetech, and Trueframe’s Patrick Firmager, earning their own applause as reluctant participants in her offbeat ‘human dummy’ routine.
The trick football performer scored more with the crowd than another eleven who were days away from exercising their return ticket from Brazil. Punters tried their luck on the casino tables…but the real winner was MADi, the FIT Show’s chosen charity, which received all the proceeds from the games. Elsewhere, boy – and girl – racers tested their track skills with a welcome return of the Scalextric circuit following the previous FIT show.
There was big money going round too as Master Fitter Challenge Winners Paul Casbolt and Karl Kinsey of Yes Glazing solutions, runners-up Steve Price and Terry Griffin of Conway Windows and, as thirds, father and son team Andy and Aaron Clegg of Eco-Sash were presented with their prizes of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 respectively.
FIT Show Managing Director Paul Godwin said the whole event was a resounding success: “From the Champagne reception to the dinner, the cabaret and the games, everyone had a fantastic time. But it was also a great opportunity for everyone in the industry to get to know each other better informally after the business and bustle of the exhibition itself.”