Be seated for a posh nosh

PUBLISHED: 12:16 16 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:14 06 May 2010

The water colour of St Mary’s, by Keith Hornblower, which is to be auctioned off to raise money

The water colour of St Mary's, by Keith Hornblower, which is to be auctioned off to raise money

AN exclusive five-star restaurant is set to open in Hitchin. But don t bother trying to book a table. This eating place will be open for just one night only and it was fully booked weeks ago. St Mary s parish church, the oldest in Hertfordshire, will be c

AN exclusive five-star restaurant is set to open in Hitchin.

But don't bother trying to book a table.

This eating place will be open for just one night only and it was fully booked weeks ago.

St Mary's parish church, the oldest in Hertfordshire, will be converted to accommodate the diners on Saturday, November 25. All the pews will be removed to make room for more than 300 people to share candle-lit tables for a black-tie, four-course, gourmet dinner.

Professional event organisers will take over and complete the conversion, with special lighting, floral arrangements and sound systems to provide for an evening of top-class dining and entertainment which has been kept a closely-guarded secret.

The £80-a-head tickets were snapped up within days of the plan for the event being revealed a few weeks ago as town residents quickly recognised it would be the social occasion of the year.

Fundraising efforts will be held during the evening, including the auctioning of a watercolour of St Mary's, specially painted for the appeal by the Hitchin commercial and social artist Keith Hornblower.

The event is aimed at being the final major fundraising effort of an appeal for the church's restoration work, launched just 18 months ago.

Appeal organisers hope that their target of £300,000 will be reached by the end of 2006.

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