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Community Event for Ed Trafford at Conquest Theatre

A night when all the local talent put a show on at The Conquest Theatre in Bromyard and all the proceeds went to Ed Trafford.

When my wife and I moved to Bromyard, we signed up to several fitness classes. On our first attendance we were both welcomed by Ed Trafford who came over for a quick chat and introduced himself as well as ascertained background info about us, it was very nice to be appreciated and have such a warm welcome into our first class. I can certainly say there are not many fitness intructors that do that. Ed is one of the nicest people you could possibly meet, always smiling and a true gentleman who can also do one arm press-ups!

Unfortunately we soon discovered shortly after our fun instructor was absent and replaced, that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The whole community were shocked to hear this devastating news to befall on someone like Ed. Within weeks the whole community got together and assembled a massive bingo gala at Bromyard Leisure Centre.
It was a huge success and the evening demonstrated the vast quantity of people showing their support to a man of  high caliber.
The highlight for me was at the end when there was a little auction, and Ed put his Gel up for sale as he no longer needed it due to the inauspicious consequences of chemotherapy. The bidding war commenced and quickly went to 60 pounds, then just before the hammer went down, a gentle shouted out “ONE THOUSAND POUNDS”, It was a very emotional moment to witness Ed’s family in tears of being so grateful and appreciative of the overwhelming support.

On 8th October 2011, The community all got together again to raise funds to assist Ed.

The local talent, myself included, comprised of Burlesque Dancers,  Dakota & Silver Horseshoe Line Dancers, Carla Miles a belly dancer and singer and Nicola Brannelly who sang ‘I will always love you’ by Whitney Houston, was breathtaking!

My mother and wife were in the audience and their post show remark was “That was a magnificent evening, we really enjoyed ourselves”

I performed ‘Shoe Business’ by Scott Alexander, and thanks to my good friend Darren Altman who is professional voiceover artist ( made me a british version (opposed to American one used by Scott) of the audio required.
I also did my own version using a local chinese menu of  ‘Journey To Love‘ by David Regal who said he based his presentation on Larry Becker’s ‘Hotel Room Mystery’.

It was a fantastic night!

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