Anne Cleeves – A Murder Mystery Evening
“A Murder Mystery Evening” with special guest Ann Cleeves” was held at the Cullercoats Crescent Club, Cullercoats on Wednesday 28th June and was a great success! Just over 100 people enjoyed the evening. Despite the stormy night outside.
As a result of the evening a magnificent total of £1,023.00 was raised for the North Shields Fishermen’s Mission!
Superintendent Peter Dade, Mission Area Officer for North Shields. welcomed everybody and likened the weather outside to weather in Shetland in winter! He mentioned that he had lived in Shetland twice, working for The Fishermen’s Mission. His oldest son, Matthew, had also played the part of a policeman in the TV series of Shetland.
Peter also reminded everyone why we were there and that the proceeds of the evening would go to North Shields Fishermen’ s Mission to enable it to continue to provide a lifeline of welfare and support to Fishermen & their families in the North East. He said Fishing is the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK.
Peter introduced Ann Cleeves by saying that she was the author of 30 books and had completed 30 years of writing. , including the bestselling Shetland and Vera Stanhope novels, which have been turned into critically acclaimed TV dramas, Shetland and Vera. Ann is locally, nationally and internationally well known. She is a great supporter of the Fishermen’s Mission, both locally in North Shields and Nationally. Her latest novel is “Cold Earth” and in September she will be launching a new novel, called “Seagull” which is based around Whitley Bay.
The Murder Mystery Evening was based around a Shetland Afternoon Tea and there were four suspects from whom the audience had to guess who was the murderer and say why they committed murder. The winner received a signed copy of Cold Earth.
Ann very kindly donated a £1 from every book sale to the Fishermen’s Mission North Shields. In all 40 books were sold.
A Buffet and a Raffle followed with a presentation of flowers was made to Ann Cleeves to finish the wonderful evening, by Gwen Pickford, Administrative Assistant at North Shields Fishermen’s Mission.
Peter Dade thanked Ann Cleeves, the four actors from Tynemouth Priory Theatre, who were Dave Johnson, Ann Leake, Hayley Moy, and husband David Moy. He also thanked James & Helen from Forum Books, Corbridge, the Cullercoats Crescent Club Committee, Daren Perrson for sponsoring the Buffet ,Gwen Pickford and Sue Dade for all their hard work.