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Michael Ball raises the roof at the Heritage Motor Centre

Michael Ball with Sheila Cook and Lisa Locke from the conference team
The Heritage Motor Centre played host to the 29th Annual Luncheon of the Federation of Motoring Industry on St George’s day, the 23 April. 250 Fellows & their guests were entertained by a number of accomplished speakers including a speech and performance by Michael Ball who raised the roof singing ‘Jerusalem’ in magnificent style!

It was actually the 21st luncheon held by the Federation at the HMC which was timely as the HMC celebrates its 21st birthday on Thursday 1 May. The Centre opened on 1 May 1993 and is celebrating this momentous occasion by hosting a special exhibition “21 Years 21 Icons” featuring products and people that represent the very best of British motoring which visitors can view until the end of December.

The luncheon was co-ordinated by Sheila Cook and Lisa Locke from the HMC conference team. Sheila happens to be a huge fan of Michael Ball and was delighted to meet him on what was also her birthday!

Michael Ball spoke in a wonderfully lighthearted manner about his upbringing and his fond memories of his father's involvement with the FMI over the years.

A raffle was held on the day to win a case of champagne and a bottle of Whisky which raised £1,630 for the BEN charity, the UK’s dedicated charity for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive and related industries, as well as their dependants. 



Pictured: Michael Ball with Sheila Cook and Lisa Locke from the conference team

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