The sun shone on fifty-seven members and friends who had gathered to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The event, held at the home of Irene and Mike Small, was full of activity; many members wore fifties clothes and the prizes for the best dressed went to Danielle Stzabholtz and Mike Small, who was hard to recognise in his Elvis wig. Danielle went for a more elegant look.
We had planned many games but everyone was enjoying eating and sharing conversation so much that we only had time for a few of them. Members had been asked to bring photos of themselves taken in the fifties (if they were born then) and there was a competition to guess who they were. The winner, who guessed 9 of the 18 photos, was Joan Homer - it is a lot harder than you think.
We didn't have time for dancing but did manage the grand old hokey-cokey. Chris and Sylvie entertained with song and guitar encouraging everyone to join in. Philippe Peress showed his expertise in opening a bottle of champagne with a sword and John Barritt delivered the Loyal Toast.
All in all everyone had a good time and it provided a good excuse to share humour and friendship between the French and the British. Members and friends donated raffle prizes, which enabled us to raise 165 euros for our funds.