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The Dean & Wood Commitment to Training Award, presented at the Northern Dinner, went to the Upnorth Group. Andrew Knowles is seen with the award, presented by Branch secretary Rebecca Treece-Birch

UK: It may be the smallest of the industry dinners but in terms of value-for-money entertainment, the IoR Northern Branch Dinner is one of the best.

Last week’s Institute of Refrigeration Northern Branch Dinner at the Thistle Hotel, Newcastle, was the 12th such event since the branch was reformed in 2003.

Around 200 members and guests were again in attendance for the customary awards and speeches. In what is now becoming a residency, the Northern Dinner once again welcomed back Chris Cross, one of the UK’s best close up magicians, who kept guests entertained both before and during the dinner.

The Dean & Wood Commitment to Training Award this year went to the Upnorth Group. Aircare and HLA Services were runners-up.

Altogether, £1395 was raised from the evening for the Institute and to top it off, this year the after-dinner entertainment was provided by the dependable Bobby Davro, who proved once again what a consummate professional entertainer he is.

Below: IoR Northen Branch chairman Matt Morton addresses the assembled guests

Bottom: The evening’s activities, which included a prize raffle, raised £1,395 for the Institute

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