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Woodford Green charity bash sees performances by ‘Freddie Mercury’ and Mitch Winehouse

Everyone had the time of their lives as they danced the night away with a Freddie Mercury tribute act and Mitch Winehouse for the 20th anniversary of a Redbridge charity.

Mr Winehouse is a patron of the Hopes and Dreams charity and brought along his 16 piece band to entertain the 250 guests who were at the event at the Prince Regent Hotel, Manor Road, Woodford Green.

Ruth Salahi, chairman of Hopes and Dreams said: “It was a fantastic night. The mayor [Cllr Chris Cummins] and mayoress [Helen Johnson] were dancing and had their arms waving in the air.

“We just wanted people to enjoy themselves.”

Other guests at the event included charity patrons including ‘Allo ‘Allo star Vicki Michelle and actor Michael McKell as well as a group of pearly kings and queens and a Del Boy lookalike.

Around £4,000 was raised at the event and Del Boy lookalike Maurice Canham hosted a raffle.

Hopes and Dreams works to make the dreams of terminally ill children come true. Two of the dreams in the pipeline are a trip to visit theme parks in Orlando, Florida and the chance for one child to meet boyband Take That.

Mrs Salahi said: “It’s great for the charity that people get to know about us and how we make dreams come true. That’s what it’s all about. I’m not in it for the fame or the fortune, just raising money.”

There was also music on the night from rock band Dirty Truth and singer Tatiana.

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