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Friday 29th June 2012

Roaring 20's Awards Ceremony

By far one of the most extravagantly themed events at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, an annual awards ceremony referred to our venue by an Edinburgh based agency, Exec Space took place on Friday 11th May 2012.

Guests were told of the location in advance but where deliberately kept in the dark regarding the “Roaring 1920’s Prohibition” theme of the event.  Upon arrival surprised guests were greeted by gangsters, some of whom whisked people away to a secret speakeasy bar for a sparkling wine reception, whilst others were given clues as to the theme of the event by a newspaper boy calling out for people to collect a programme and “read all about it” in the Concourse, which they had cleverly themed as a back alley.

Jazz music playing from the Exchange enticed groups of curious people to enter the hall, escorted by gangsters and were then amazed by the large monochrome dance floor, chandeliers and twinkly lights.  Racketeers and flappers loitered around the black and white tables making conversation in complete character until guests were seated and the lights were blacked out.

Slowly the spotlight came onto the female “Chicago” style singer in full costume singing a fantastic rendition of all that Jazz, choreographed by Chris J Stuart-Wilson and his team of professional dancers.

The awards ceremony commenced with their CEO emerging as one of the musicians on stage to hand out awards, followed by live music from a 15 piece band.  A three course dinner was served with further surprise entertainment for guests during dinner with a staged police raid.


Fiona (Organiser) says: “I just wanted to write to you to say thank you so much for your help with our award night. Beth and I really enjoyed working with you again this year. You made it effortless for us and we really appreciate your input and enthusiasm. Your attentive and professional service really helped make our event a success for the 2nd year. The Corn Exchange is a venue that really suits our needs and can be transformed into pretty much anything, which is great for us and our wild imaginations! Please pass on our thanks to Mark who during the day and on the night was a delight to work with. He really showed he cared about our event and worked hard to help make it a success. He was very attentive and positive and he just made things happen, which is what the client really needs when stress levels start to rise. Can you also pass on our thanks to Paul who really got involved on the day to help set things up and who again just made things happen for us. You’re all really easy to work with. We would not hesitate to book another event at the Corn Exchange and would love to work with you all again.”
Case Study written by Danni Turner

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