The Mirror Ball 2016


Wow it’s year 6 already! The Mirror Ball will be back at The Lowry Hotel on Friday 4 March.

So far we have raised £186k for Forever Manchester and we see no reason to stop there.

Over the years we have had performances from Catherine Tyldesley, Peter Hook, Rowetta, 911 and Kavana to name a few.

2016 won’t disappoint – we’ve a stellar line up of performances and a quirky theme that will make you feel compelled to put your hands in your pockets and donate, donate, donate! All we can say is that six year’s of marriage is all about candy and guests should be on the look out for edible treats where they least expect them.

As always we couldn’t put the event on without our fabulous sponsors including Caorunn Gin, Synk Global Event Production and Slattery.

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Hi everyone we thought you might like to know what we will have in our auction tomorrow night at the 2015 Mirror Ball so that you can get planning.

Lot 1:

Tour of the New Coronation Street set at MediaCityUK for four plus afternoon tea at On the 7th.

Bidding will start at £400

Lot 2:

A Parklife VIP experience for four to include VIP tickets.

Bidding will start at £500

Lot 3:

An off peak Velodrome session for up to 16 with hot meal and coffee plus cycling shirt signed by members of the Team GB.

Bidding will start at £500

 Lot 4:

A money can’t buy opportunity to don the MUFC Fred The Red costume and entertain the crowd plus two hospitality tickets to the same match (a donation from the sale will go to MUFC Foundation).

Bidding will start at £1000

Lot 5:

A Private Box for 14 people to see Olly Murs at The Manchester Arena with Complimentary Laurent-Perrier Champagne on arrival, balcony seating and entertainment area, private bar, toilet and cloak room facilities. Tickets are for Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 or Friday 24 April.

Bidding will start at £1900

 Lot 6:

A Private Box for 10 people to see Take That at The Manchester Arena with Complimentary Laurent-Perrier Champagne on arrival, balcony seating and entertainment area, private bar, toilet and cloak room facilities.  Tickets are for 28 May.

Bidding will start at £2500

Lot 7:

A stunning Roulette design pendant from Boodles comprised of round brilliant cut diamonds in 18 carat white gold. Diamonds weigh in total 0.95 carats. (RRP £4700).

Bidding will start at £2900

Lot 8:

Back By Popular Demand! Charter your own private yacht.

A three day charter for up to 11 guests in five en-suite cabins on board one of the luxurious motor yachts “Lady Tatiana of London” or “Alhena of London”, based in Palma, Mallorca, Spain. To be taken from 1st October 2015 to 31st May 2016 (subject to availability). The yachts have a compliment of four professional crew.

Please note that food, drinks, fuel, laundry, utility charges and moorings outside of the home port of Palma are not included. If you cruise within the bay of Palma and select typical menus then an approximate budget of £2500 would cover the above costs for a group of 10 excluding drinks.

For full terms and conditions for this lot, please speak to your volunteer.

Bidding will start at £6000






The Mirror Ball 2015

Can you believe this year is our fifth Mirror Ball?  We can’t…

This year of course will be bigger and better than ever.  Our theme is wood this year so expect an enchanting wood full of wonderful surprises.

As always we will have a selection of Manchester’s best entertainment and some cracking prizes for you to take home when you buy a mirror ball.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to our sponsors.

Serco Group

The Mullwood Partnership

Irwin Mitchell


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We raised over £40k for Forever Manchester – thank you all so much.


The stunning Catherine Tyldesley slipped into a Jessica rabbit style red dress designed especially for the night by fashion designer Nadine Merabi as she kicked of this year’s celebrations.

Watched by guests including Helen Flanagan, Brooke Vincent and Chelsee Healey, the Corrie actress wowed us all with her show stopping voice.

Following Catherine, guests were wowed with a DJ set from Emmerdale’s latest hunk, Anthony Quinlan, famous for his character Gilly Roach in Hollyoaks, Rowetta and New Order legend, Peter Hook and a surprise performance from The Big Reunion star and ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’ singer Kavanagh.

This year was particularly special as we were celebrating 25 years of Forever Manchester and we are so pleased that thanks to all of our guests and sponsors we were able to raise more than £40,000.  We must also thank the boys from Verdure Floral Design who made the room look gorgeous – thanks so much to Adie and Kai.

Andrew Trott-Barn said; “Wow! What a fantastic night.  Our aim was to make this year’s Mirror Ball bigger and better and it certainly was.  The guests were wonderful and we raised over £40k for Forever Manchester in this important 25th year for the charity.  The highlight was the stunning Catherine Tyldesley and her show stopping voice and dress.  What a super star. Thank you so much to everyone who came along making it yet another special night.”

Nick Massey, chief executive of Forever Manchester told us; “Last night’s Mirror Ball was a super start to our 25th year celebrations.  Andrew and his team have more than tripled the figure they raised last year and we are extremely grateful to them for all of their hard work.  This level of donation will be invaluable to the local groups and initiatives that we support.

“They couldn’t have done it without the support of the guests and the terrific performers including Catherine Tyldesley, Rowetta, Peter Hook, Kavanagh and the hosts Rob Ellis and Wingman from the Capital FM Breakfast Show.  Here’s to the rest of the year being as successful as last night.”

See what everyone had to say about the night at #themirrorball2014.  Look out for the photographs from the event on our Facebook page very soon.

The next Mirror Ball event will be the second Halloween Spooktacular on 31st October, 2014 in a secret location in Manchester.  We will be releasing details very soon so watch this space.

The Mirror Ball 2014

Thanks to everyone who came along last night to make the event our best ever.

The entertainment was amazing and you guys gave very generously.  Watch this space for pictures.  In the meantime here is some of the press coverage we achieved before the night was finished!

Tickets go on sale for The Mirror Ball 2014

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We can’t quite believe it but tickets are on sale now for our 2014 event!

Hot on the heels of the fabulous Spooktacular Ball, we have confirmed the date for the 4th and biggest, most exciting The Mirror Ball to date.

2014 will also be a massive celebration of Forever Manchester’s 25th Birthday and we are so excited to be part of them.

The event will be on Friday 7th March at The Lowry Hotel of course.  This year we have some ticket options for you to chose from…

Price: Silver Ticket – £75. Our silver tickets give you a welcome drink, 3 course meal and fabulous entertainment in the city’s 5 star hotel.

Gold Ticket – £125. This year for the first time we have a limited run of gold tickets which, on top of the above, offer you the best seats in the house, a unique gift bag and some special surprises on your table.

All tickets can be bought individually or in tables of 10 or 12.  They always sell out so grab them whilst you can! Click here to buy them right now.

What’s more our fabulous sponsors have given us an overnight stay at The Lowry Hotel on the night of the ball to give away, so if you book your tickets before 15th December you will go into a draw to win it.



Can’t wait until next year for an injection of Mirror Ball glamour?  Never fear Andrew has decided to throw a Halloween Ball too this year and of course it promises to be yet another unforgettable night on Manchester’s social calendar.

To be held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on 31st October, it will bring spine-chilling glamour to this most spooky of evening and will of course be aiming to raise buckets of cash for the wonderful Forever Manchester.

Ghoulish guests will be welcomed with a drink on arrival, canapés, live entertainment and a raffle. There’ll be complimentary shots between 7:30-8:30pm, and a number of drinks promotions throughout the evening including spooky cocktails.

And most importantly…

*** IT’S FANCY DRESS ONLY *** Fancy dress police will be on the door so as much effort as possible is required. Prizes for the best dressed.

When: Thursday 31st October, 7pm-late
Where: Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Hotel, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP
Price: £22.50 per person

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.  You can get them on the Forever Manchester website here.

It certainly is glam up north!


Friday night was fantastic, thank you to everyone who came along and donated their hard earned cash to Forever Manchester.

Huge thanks also to the sponsors and the wonderful people who donated auction lots and prizes… without you we could not have raised a whopping £14,000 for the charity.

The pictures can be found on our Facebook page.

Announcing the auction lots


We are getting pretty excited about this year’s event and we think you will be after seeing the list below.  These are the auction lots that you will be able to bid on to help us raise money for Forever Manchester.  Hopefully there is something for everyone – what will you go for?

Lot 1. A luxurious seven night break for up to 8 people (depending on location) at any UK Natural Retreat.
Natural Retreats offer incredible places to stay in beautiful and secluded locations, with a personal concierge service that is unrivalled. Their stunning locations offer something extraordinary, from dramatic coastal settings to breath-taking valleys and everything in between. (Reserve price £750)

Lot 2. Robert Owen Brown, head chef at the award winning Mark Addy Restaurant to cook dinner in your home for yourself and 3 guests!
The ultimate dinner party with none of the stress asRobert brings the ingredients for dinner for four plus 2 carefully selected bottles of wine for you to enjoy with your food. (Reserve price £300)

Lot 3. Head to toe makeover with James Roberts!
A perfect day of pampering complete with cut, colour, facial, brows, tan, manicure, pedicure and bubbles of course! Plus £499 worth of teeth whitening, lunch at House of Fraser and £200 to spend with their personal shopper, Matthew Moxham. All wrapped up with a meal for two and an overnight stay at the Velvet hotel. (Reserve price £650)

Lot 4. 1966 Original England yellow goalkeeper’s shirt signed by Gordon Banks.
Kindly donated by Umbro (Reserve price £150)

Lot 5. Manchester United Football Club signed football.
A ball signed by the whole team from the 2012-2013 season. Kindly donated by MUFC. (Reserve price £100)

Lot 6. Manchester City Football Club signed shirt.
A shirt signed by the whole team from the 2012-2013 season. Kindly donated by MCFC. (Reserve price £100)

Lot 7. A bespoke one-off piece designed and created for you personally by designer, Nadine Merabi.
From an initial private consultation at her boutique in Manchester to the sketches and fabric samples, you’ll be in fashion heaven with this prize! As you’ll be returning for a fitting or two, you’ll be able to have it exactly how you envisage your dream dress. Bespoke dresses start from £300 and can go up to £3000 and whilst at times there is a waiting list for such dresses, you will skip the queue and be seen by the designer at a time to suit you. (Reserve £300)