Hats off to the EETN!

Photograph of EETN Chairman Judy Sarssam holding a poster, with her husband Amer

EETN Chairman Judy Sarssam, with her husband Amer and the poster she created advertising the Picture Yourself In A Derby Festival Hat EETN stall

When we discussed the type of market stall we could have to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charities on Derby Festival night, on Thursday 31stMay, what better idea we thought, than a festival hat stall?  Only we added a twist for fun.

EETN Derby Festival Hat Stall

As one of the Mayor’s three chosen charities, we set up our stall under a gazebo in the market square, offering adults and children the chance to take two selfies wearing two different hats of their choice, at a cost of just one pound. What a bargain!   And what a selection of elegant Derby-winning hats we had, in pinks, blues, yellows and all the colours of the rainbow. Big brims, bows,  flowers and veils with a touch of nostalgia were the order of the day.

Photograph of Celeste Sonnex in a pink hat

Celeste Sonnex looking very glam in her hat

There were bowlers, boaters even an Australian cork hat and a huge Mexican sombrero with a mini size for children.

Photograph of Maria Reeves, Director of Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival with her son who is wearing a sombrero

Maria Reeves, Director of Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival with her son, who loved the sombrero

For the men, we had every style of hat, including a sea captain’s hat and a Tommy Cooper style fez.

The evening ended with Sinatra-style singer Wayne Woodward on stage. He was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and he certainly has.

Photograph of Wayne Woodward and Celeste Sonnex

Wayne Woodward and Celeste Sonnex with the Mayor and Mayoress in the background

Wayne’s songs were the highlight of the night, but our highlight at EETN was when HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip graced us with their presence. At least, we thought they bore a great resemblance…

Photograph of people wearing masks of HM The Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip

HM The Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip