Charity masked ball held for pier restoration fund

One costumed visitor at the ball

One costumed visitor at the ball

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A CHARITY ball in honour of the actress Ingrid Pitt was held to raise money towards the restoration of Hastings Pier.

The Grande Masque Ball at St Mary in the Castle proved to be a big success when it was held as part of the Queen of Horror Festival.

Guests in colourful masks and extravagant costumes enjoyed an evening of electric stringed music, magic and colour.

A champagne reception and masked stilt walker greeted the guests on their arrival and master illusionist Etienne Pradier amazed everyone with his magic.

Guests danced the evening away to the music of the Vixen string quartet.

The evening was organised by Ingrid’s husband Tony Rudlin, Isabela Podsiadlo and Roger Crouch, the main organiser behind the annual Pirate Day festivities.

Mr Rudlin said: “I would like thank everybody who took so much trouble to turn out in fantastic costumes and even more fantastic masks. I have to say a big thank you to Roger Crouch for arranging everything so well, as well as Isabela Podsiadlo for her support, Zoe Ashdown who runs St Mary in the Castle, for entering into the spirit of the night and John Hough, from Priory Meadow for his invaluable sponsorship.

“Gifts and Giggles and Tech Event UK also sponsored to help create this memorable evening.

“I know Ingrid would have loved every minute of it. Roll on 2014!”

Ingrid’s starring roles in cult classics of the 1970s, such as Countess Dracula, and The Vampire Lovers, earned her the title Queen of Horror.

She died in November 2010, aged 73, after a long illness.