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  • "What a great use of this site, well Done the Mayor on selecting both local Charities. lets hope its a sell out.
    It just goes to show that public bodies are not the best place to run such places as was shown by the Manor Park Hall and this site, both were let to be run down by the Lib Dems who were unable to fund their upkeep. In steps Private Companies or trusts and and both should now flourish"
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Former squatter's paradise to host Kingston's mayoral ball

Ossie Stewart

Ossie Stewart

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Digital editor

Former squatter’s paradise Raven’s Ait will be the venue for this year’s annual Kingston mayoral charity ball.

Security company Broadland Guarding Services is one of the organisations supporting the event on May 27.

Private security had to step in during spring 2009 when squatters invaded the island to stop them returning.

The island has since been relaunched by former Olympic sailing medallist Ossie Stewart as a weddings and corporate events venue.

Tickets are £60 per person and include a reception drink, a three-course meal and dancing to a live DJ.

Kingston’s current mayor Patrick Codd has been fundraising for Born Too Soon and Macmillan Cancer Support this year.

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