NORTH East mayors converged on a Sunderland curry house to help raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Mayors and civic leaders from eight authorities were at the Moti Raj restaurant for a night of fund-raising organised by Mayor of Sunderland Coun Stuart Porthouse.
The popular eatery, in Church Lane, is one of the oldest in the city after opening in the mid 1970s.
More than £1,300 was generated from ticket sales and raffles which will now go towards Age UK Sunderland, Action on Dementia Sunderland and NSPCC Childline.
Coun Porthouse, who serves the St Chad’s ward, said: “Last night was a huge success we had mayors and civic heads from Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Barnard Castle, Darlington, Stockton and Hartlepool.
“The restaurant was packed, with a total of 96 people supporting the mayor’s charities.
“More excellent news was that Shafiqul, the owner of Moti Raj, made an outstanding contribution celebrating the 40 years of the restaurant and provided the meal free which meant all the ticket sales monies went to the mayor’s charities.”