Bookings flood in for Energy Ball

More than 1,000 places are already booked for Aberdeen’s first Energy Ball.

Organiser George Walker, whose firm’s previous projects have included the Emmerdale Extravaganza in the north-east and the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations at Balmoral, said yesterday the ball was going to be the biggest and best event in which he had been involved.

The black-tie gathering at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) on Saturday, August 16, will bring together about 1,400 energy-industry professionals and their guests from across the globe.

Headlining a varied programme of entertainment on the night are renowned Abba tribute band Bjorn Again and Scotland’s Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who will play a tune specially commissioned for the event.

Mr Walker said there were also a few surprises in store.

The ball, which will have a European energy theme, is being widely hailed as the social event of the year and possibly the largest event to be held at the AECC.

Mr Walker said: “People right across the energy industry are very excited about this. It’s going to be a truly fantastic night.”

Tables for 10 are being snapped up fast as the ball draws closer. Others wanting to be there are being advised by Mr Walker to “shout now, before it’s too late”.

Time is also running out for corporate teams to enter an Energy Golf Challenge at Murcar Links Golf Club on Friday August 14.

Hector Emslie, of corporate golf event organiser Golfers Scotland, said more than one-third of the 30 team places – costing £495 plus VAT – had been spoken for.

Groups attending the Energy Ball are being invited to enter the golf challenge.

Bookings for the ball can be made by e-mailing george, visiting www.georgewalker or by calling 01467 628876.

A table for 10 costs £1,500 plus VAT.

Qserv is the ball’s main sponsor, supported by E.ON Ruhrgas and Argon Isotank.

Other sponsors are Caledyne, Dominion Gas, Eastern Airways, KPMG, North East Telecommunications and Swellfix. The event is also supported by Audi, BMI, BMW, Greybar Design, Jamieson and Carry, the Press and Journal, Service Point, Volkswagen and BMW.