Christmas Lunch

Patricia Curd

The Christmas meal is one of the highlights of the ESU calendar and the event this year certainly lived up to and surpassed all expectations. Fifty two members and guests gathered together at La Toque Blanche Restaurant in Les Rosiers-sur-Loire on 12th December for a festive lunch accompanied by a light hearted programme of entertainment.

Once the Christmas crackers had been pulled, the paper crowns donned, the mottoes swapped, and the aperitif glasses were empty, the noise of chatter and laughter died down and we settled down to enjoy the meal. It wasn’t long, however, before the room was filled with laughter and applause as between the courses we were entertained by our members, all of whom revealed talents or aspects of themselves previously unknown to most of those present.

Our thanks to all involved for giving their time to select and rehearse their contributions: to Mike, our master of ceremonies, for ensuring the smooth running of the programme; to our resident singer/guitar player, Tony, particularly for his rendition of a somewhat saucy song about a market gardener; to Tony the magician and his two assistants Martine and Jackie, the latter in particular for bravely offering up her hand to the guillotine; to Brendan for revealing aspects of his personality we were previously unaware of when he recited Pam Ayres poem “50 Shades of Grey”, and to Helen who accompanied him, for revealing parts of her anatomy we were previously unaware of; to Anne for courageously leading the carol singing and to Philippe for closing the afternoon with a rendition of “White Christmas” that Maurice Chevalier would have been proud to deliver.

We took our leave of each other after an excellent start to our Christmas festivities.

Our thanks to all who contributed raffle prizes, to all who shopped in the UK to bring back mince pies, Christmas crackers and typically ‘British’ Christmas prizes and to all who contributed in other ways to the organisation of this memorable celebration.

Best wishes for a very Happy Christmas to all our members and friends and may 2016 bring peace and understanding to our world.