21st December 2017 — The 74th Dragon Christmas Charity Sale, was as lively as ever. Plates smashed, bids made, kids Caribbean cocktails, strong Dragon coffee, a Star Wars snow trooper, Christmas wreaths, raffle tickets and stalls offering everything from rugby balls to chopping boards. You could even pay a pound to argue with Cosmo.
The Sale was opened by Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Cressida Dick. In his introduction, Headmaster Crispin Hyde-Dunn recounted her exceptional school career at the Dragon (she was moved up a year) whilst Cressida recalled that she was one of only a few girls at the School in the 1970s. Whilst that has changed, she noted how much the atmosphere of the Dragon has remained familiar.
One of the delights of the Dragon Sale is Authors’ Corner. As may be imagined, the queue for Philip Pullman to sign his new books, La Belle Sauvage and Daemon Voices, stretched down the corridor! But all the stalls were busy, and the remarkable gathering of authors included Robert Harris, Henry Marsh, and Nicholas Shakespeare. TV presenter Jay Jay Burridge, author of the series ‘The World of Supersaurs’, led an interactive story telling. He also brought along his pet 3m tall Supersaur the 'Titan Tyrant'.
The auction, led by professional auctioneer Charlie Ross, saw frantic bidding; notably for dinner cooked by the Headmaster! Elsewhere the stalls were doing a brisk trade in everything from beautiful Christmas wreaths to second hand bikes and Dragon rugby balls.
This event, full of energy, imagination and fun, encapsulates so much about the Dragon, and the money raised has made a huge impact to children's charities around the world.