IT was life in the fast lane at a charity bash at a top Bolton restaurant.

The black tie event at The Retreat in Chorley New Road was built around a Monaco Grand Prix-themed ball on the eve of the world famous race.

And while the 180 guests enjoyed fast cars and a casino, they also raised more than £5,000 for local charities.

There was a specially erected marquee outside, while inside the venue was cleared of its usual tables.

The guests were entertained by Leeds band Josie's Groovesmiths along with a six-table fun casino and a three-screen Formula One simulator from Scan computers.

All guests were also given the opportunity to sit in and pose with a full specification Jordan F1 car.

The car park was overflowing with Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces, Aston Martins, a Ducati limited edition motorcycle and a Maserati, creating a Monaco Casino Square feel.

After cocktails there was a hot food buffet served by staff dressed all in red for the occasion.

As well as a balloon raffle, guests could make sealed bids for various grand prix and sporting prizes.

The main charitable recipients were local charities Daytrippers Bolton and Bolton Hospice and national charity Prostate Cancer UK. Other charities received smaller amounts.

Scan Computers donated £500 for the fastest driver to "lap" Monaco on its simulator, with the money going to Bolton Hospice, and Martin Halsall Racing Team and Thwaites Brewery were among the many that supported the event.

Retreat owner Jeremy Guest was able to hand over a cheque for £2,750 to Daytrippers’ Kate Dearden, with the help of co-owner Richard Hibbert.