Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star sparkles as Letchworth school celebrates its centenary

Celia Imrie with school head Richard Palmer and his wife Jenny Palmer at the celebration ball to mar

Celia Imrie with school head Richard Palmer and his wife Jenny Palmer at the celebration ball to mark the centenary of St Christopher School, Letchworth - Credit: Archant

Events to mark the centenary of Letchworth’s St Christopher School continued on Saturday with a glitzy ball which had an A-list actress on the guest list.

Guests arrive for the charity ball to mark the centenary of St Christopher School, Letchworth

Guests arrive for the charity ball to mark the centenary of St Christopher School, Letchworth - Credit: Archant

Celia Imrie, cherished for her comedy performances alongside Victoria Wood and Julie Walters and most recently seen on the big screen in the hit Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, joined more than 300 parents, former pupils, staff, governors and guests at the Barrington Road school.

Celia is vice-patron of Seva Mandir, a non-government organisation that works with thousands of children in the Indian state of Rajathan.

Twice a year sixth form students from St Christopher have the chance to work with Seva Mandir at their learning camps – an experience which has often been described as life changing.

After a meal prepared by catering manager Alison Simpson and her team there was an auction and a raffle that raised more than £6,000 towards the continuing work in India.

Celia Imrie addresses guests at the centenary ball, St Christopher School, Letchworth

Celia Imrie addresses guests at the centenary ball, St Christopher School, Letchworth - Credit: Archant


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Head teacher Richard Palmer said: “It was great to see so many people attending the ball. I am grateful to them for their generosity and also to all the support staff who planned and carried off the evening with such good humour and style.”

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