Celebrities including Coronation Street stars Catherine Tyldesley and Debbie Rush and singer Rowetta were in attendance at the spectacular event which raised around £130,000 for specialist research at the famous cancer centre, The Christie.
Former Premiership referee Mark Halsey, who was a patient at The Christie, showed up with his wife Michelle. Other sports stars supporting the ball included former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton and former Manchester City players Andy Morrison, Alex Williams and Peter Barnes. Lancashire County Cricket Club coach Peter Moores and Manchester United legend David May also took time out of their busy schedules to attend.
Taking place at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, for the first time ever, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester United Football Club, Salford Red Devils rugby league club and Lancashire County Cricket Club joined forces to host The Christie charity ball.
Kicking off the evening’s action were hosts TV and radio presenter Hugh Ferris and Sky Sports presenter Hayley McQueen, with a performance from comedian Jason Manford, who also performed a Tom Jones cover with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Hit 80s pop band ABC headlined the event.
As many as 400 guests on the night were treated to a cocktail reception, delicious four course meal as well as music from Manchester Show Choir and the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
Stand-out auction prize on the night, compared by Lord Archer, was a 14 night stay at the 5* Royal Westmoreland Hotel in Barbados.
Based in south Manchester, The Christie has been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for more than 100 years and is the largest cancer centre in Europe. All funds raised at the ball will support specialist research at The Christie.