BBC TV and radio presenters host Roar Festival Grand Finale Ball


Two of the region’s leading BBC broadcasters are to host this year’s Cambridge Roar Festival Grand Finale ‘Fire and Ice’ Ball on Saturday 30th September at the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa.

The Fire and Ice Ball is the culmination of a series of fundraising events held across the summer months.

One of the hosts for the evening is BBC Look East presenter, Amanda Goodman, who has hosted the BBC 1 nightly show for 20 years. Her work has led to two Royal Television Society (RTS) awards.

Her choice to be a co-host of the Cambridge Roar Grand Finale ‘Fire and Ice’ Ball is testament to the fact that Amanda is not merely a great reporter of East Anglian news but also an active member of the community to which she belongs.

Speaking about her involvement, Amanda said: “I was honoured and delighted to be asked to co-host the Roar Grand Finale Ball. The Festival is a wonderful way to raise much-needed money for three of the region’s top charities. I’m really looking forward to the evening as it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Amanda’s co-host for the evening is BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Drivetime presenter Chris Mann, who is also a non-executive Director of the Cambridge Roar. Chris has presented the Drivetime show for the past six years.

Previously, Chris was a presenter and reporter on BBC TV, Sky News, Channel 4 and CNN and is a former Investigative Journalist of the Year. 

Chris is equally as keen as Amanda to support efforts to help local charities. He said, “After the outstanding success of June’s Roar events, I am looking forward to co-hosting the Grand Finale Ball – which promises to be quite the dazzling affair with fire displays, silent auctions and quite a few surprises. I’m also told the marquee will be transformed into a glittering frozen world.

“This is the last of the Roar’s 2017 series of fundraising events and I think it should be one to remember… particularly if I take to the dance floor, which I have been known to do!”

The Roar’s Fire and Ice Ball is set to be an evening of glamour, with fire performances, ice sculptures, a sumptuous three-course dinner, silent auctions offering exclusive, high-end prizes, live music, casino tables and a disco to end the evening. As with all the Roar events, the Ball aims to raise money for three local charities, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, East Anglian Air Ambulance and Cambridge United Community Trust. 

The Cambridge Roar Festival, now in its fourth year, raises money for local charities by staging several high-profile events within the grounds of the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa at Stow Cum Quy. The Grand Finale Fire and Ice Ball is the culmination of 12 events taking place between 17 June and 30 September 2017. The next tranche of events kick off on Thursday 14 September with the Sporting Heroes dinner, featuring a former Olympian, Goldie Sayers, stars of the motor racing world, Steve Parrish and Mark Blundell, and footballing legend, Roy McFarland. Chris Mann will also be hosting this event.

For tickets and further information visit and click on events or call 01223 378 111.

Visit the Festival’s twitter site @CambridgeRoar #ROAR17, or Facebook page thecambridgeroarltd 

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