A Gurkha band performed a “magic Kukri dance” in front of an invited audience to raise money for the 8,100 Gurkha servicemen who do not receive an MoD Pension.
The 41 strong band performed the dance at Stradsett Hall, Downham, for 300 spectators on Thursday.
The dance, which uses the traditional Kukri dagger, helped the Gurkha Welfare Trust to raise approximately £7,500.
Over £1,000 was raised by a single anonymous donor who bid in an auction to take part in a duck-shoot on the estate.
The Nepalese performers braved the notoriously soggy British weather to carry out close-quarter spinning, chopping movements and simulated combat.
The 200 year-old ceremonial dance took over 30 minutes to complete and wowed the dignitaries and VIPs.
Among those who turned out to witness the event were the Nepalese ambassador and also Stradsett Estate’s owners, Sir Jeremy and Lady Bagge.
Guests were also treated to performances of traditional Nepalese music and a hog-roast, with a vegetarian option for the Gurkhas.
Chris Taylor, from the Gurkha Welfare Trust, said: “These sorts of events really do help us to fulfil our commitment of providing all of the 8,100 Gurkhas, who don’t receive an MOD pension, for various historical and technical reasons, with a basic subsistence pension of £41 per month.
“Although that may not sound like much to us, at Nepalese prices that will buy things like rice and onions that are absolutely essential.”
Mr Taylor added that despite the weather the 300 guests were undeterred and that it was a display of “good British stoic behaviour”.