Russell Watson is diamond guest at Butterfly Ball

People from across Lancashire will be treated to a star-studded line-up of special guests at a spring charity ball.

Salford-born tenor Russell Watson will join the BBC’s voice coach Zoe Tyler, an array of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ professionals, the Army Military Wives and swing singer Paul Guard at a glittering ball in aid of The Princes Trust.

The Butterfly Ball, which takes place on Saturday, March 9 at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa, will feature a diamond raffle with one lucky guest taking home a pair of diamond earrings worth over £1,000.

Upon arrival, 300 guests will enjoy a champagne reception sponsored by Moore and Smalley, while being serenaded by Paul Guard. A three course meal will follow before guests dance into the night to music performed by The Military Wives and Russell Watson.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid for unique lots in a special charity auction which include; a five star luxury holiday to Dubai, 2013 X Factor final tickets and the opportunity to be coached by the Strictly professionals on the night.

Russell, who has performed at the Royal Variety Show and the Commonwealth Games said: “I can’t wait to perform; the people of Lancashire are always so welcoming.

“The Princes Trust is a fantastic charity. Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training and the trust has helped so many of these young adults build successful futures.

“I hope the Butterfly Ball can raise as much as possible so it can continue with such great work.”

The Butterfly Ball is the brainchild of award-winning entrepreneur and chair of the event, Suzana Edwards.

She commented: “I was first introduced to the Trust a few years ago and I was so touched by some of the success stories that I felt compelled to do my bit.

“This is the most ambitious event The Prince’s Trust has ever staged in Lancashire, it will bring people together from across the county in support for the tremendous work the charity does and in doing so guests will enjoy a non-stop evening of entertainment of the highest caliber.”

“We are indebted to the long list of the event’s key sponsors and as chair I am proud that so many local businesses have pledged their support.”

The Princes Trust is the UK’s leading charity for young people. It offers practical and financial support to young people between the ages of 14-30 who have struggled through childhood or who are long-term unemployed.

Organisers are hoping to raise around £30,000 for the charity. Tickets, including a champagne reception, a three course evening meal, a host of entertainment and butterfly goody bags are £75 each or £900 for a table of 12.