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A top night out – rest assured - for the hospitality industry in Aberdeen

One of Scotland’s best known actresses and comedy entertainers will have a double role to play at the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland’s Grampian Dinner tonight (Wednesday 26 November) which takes place at The Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen.

As well as being the guest speaker, Elaine C Smith will bring a new meaning to the phrase ‘bedtime’ when she turns auctioneer and a bespoke bed goes under the hammer in the evening’s grand auction.

There could hardly be a more fitting prize at a hospitality industry gathering than a deluxe bed, handcrafted by Glencraft.

And Elaine will not rest until she secures the best bid for the special lot, donated by Stewart Spence, owner of the Marcliffe Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, and a director of the Aberdeen-based social enterprise for craftspeople with a variety of abilities and disabilities.

The sell-out black tie event takes place in the luxury surroundings of The Marcliffe Hotel on Wednesday, 26th November. More than 300 guests will be in attendance, and their presence will help raise funds to provide emerging talent with opportunities for career-enhancing training through money can’t buy learning experiences or the chance to study at some of the world’s finest academic establishments.

A number of individuals working in some of Grampian’s top hotels have benefited from these prestigious training experiences.

Dave Cochrane, HIT Scotland’s chief executive, says: “This year’s Grampian event is sure to be a success from start to finish, with fine dining,  a witty and entertaining guest speaker in Elaine C Smith and table raffle and auction with great prizes up for grabs.

“The Grampian event has a reputation for raising great sums for our work in assisting those in the industry gain access to some of the best hospitality training that there is.”

HIT Scotland is a Scottish-based charity whose mission is to assist people to achieve their potential within Scottish hospitality. This is achieved through bursaries, scholarships, the Emerging Talent conference and other industry initiatives. HIT Scotland runs over 20 events in Scotland every year and one in London. These events raise considerable sums which allow its objectives to be met and to bring the industry together. 

Elaine C Smith is starring in Beauty and the Beast at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen this winter, and is a regular guest at the Marcliffe Hotel when work brings her to the Aberdeen area from her native Glasgow.

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