Saturday, 3 December 2016

Annual dinner 2016

It seems only a few weeks ago that we set out on our 2016 calendar of events but here we were today at our penultimate event in this years calendar - our annual dinner and trophy presentations. 34 section and family members met at the Tiverton hotel for a 1230 start. We had our usual Topaz suite so we were on our own and able to pop the supplied party pops and screaming balloons to our hearts content, we were pleased that our President Rodney Hann  and Carol had accepted our request to join us for the event also. There was slight confusion at the start when it appeared that Turkey was not on the menu despite Chris having been given a menu beforehand which showed that it was, however apologies were soon given and turkey was added. At each table setting, Chris had placed a calendar of events sheet for 2017, this had been worked out by the committee in October, he received praise from Dermot for putting an Ariel on the cover and from myself and others for the fact that it was particularly well laid out this year. Dermot welcomed all to the dinner and advised that his personal secretary had drawn up a quiz which we could have a go at between mouthfuls, as with all quizzes, this led to much head scratching, answers were to come later. Now whilst my meal and Marilyn's were very good, it seems there was much to be desired on an adjacent table with the quality of the food so the committee will discuss this at our next meeting, I hope this did not stem your enjoyment of the event too much. After the coffee, Dermot spoke, examining the years events and the challenges of navigation, it appears that when one loses the way, an ice cream makes it all better!.
Three trophies were then presented, they were: most points on a Post war vintage machine won by Ian Boyd, most points on a post war machine jointly won by Tony Petherick and yours truly, and most points on a foreign bike was won by Maurice Ley, unfortunately, Ian Boyd and Maurice Ley were not in attendance so Rodney had a quieter time than he thought, however I was personally pleased to be presented with my cup by Rodney wearing his chain of office. Marilyn, and Steve's wife Jo, won the quiz and share the prize of biscuits, well done ladies!. A good selection of draw prizes were then given out resulting in £63 being taken. It just remains for me to thank everyone who came, to Chris who did a grand job organizing the day and to Rodney and Carol for agreeing to attend. We have one more event this year which is our December club night on the 15th for mince pies and an end of year natter.
no party hats this year

discussing where the screaming balloon came from

who did what this year?

top table!

the quiz winners find the answers

not often I'm in front of camera