This glittering evening raised more than £12,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance new Heli Appeal and was attended by three famous Poldark Stars – Heida Reed (who plays Elizabeth Chynoweth), Christian Brassington (who plays Rev Ossie Whitworth) and Ellise Chappel (who plays Morwenna Whiteworth).
Guests were greeted at the door by red-coated guards from the 32nd Light Infantry of Foot and came from far and wide for this unique event, some had flown over from America and Canada and even from as far as Australia! Guests were individually announced into the house by the Truro Town Crier whilst the Hantergantic Quartet played Poldark music in the gallery above.
One special guest was Stella Veal who arrived in a stunning vintage green racing car with her 92 year old mum – Carmen Humphreys – who was celebrating her 92nd birthday that evening and came dressed as ‘Aunt Agatha’!
Henry Austwick and Oliver McFarlane of Swashbuckling Cornwall started a ‘fake argument’ in the house and then lead guests outside for a duel on the front lawn much to everyone’s amazement!
Guests enjoyed live music from the Poldark TV series played by one of the composers, Mike O’Connor and his quartet from the Minstrels’ Gallery, whilst guests tried out historic dancing led by experienced Dance Mistress, Diana Campbell.
The magical evening featured a candlelit four-course feast, catered by Rupert Cooper of the renowned Philleigh Way Cookery School and Fireside Feasts. Guests also enjoyed a special gin cocktail, created for this event by the Juniper Club – The Red Lady and the Cornish Captain. Heida even tweeted Aidan Turner during the evening to tell him about the special cocktails!
There was an auction of special prizes led by Ed Buckland Auctioneer. A portrait of Elizabeth Chynoweth and the Ross’s waistcoat worn by Aidan Turner in the Poldark series were donated by Mammoth Screen – the Poldark production company.
There were two additional surprise gifts included in the auction sent from Luke Norris (who played Dr Dwight Enys) – he gifted the beautiful wooden writing case he’d used during the filming along with his own special ‘it’s a wrap’ gift from the final series – a stunning engraved port decanter!
The night continued with more dancing and festivities followed by carriages at midnight.