6, 7, 8 October 2007
The 2006 Reunion, was held at Perth, Scotland on the weekend of 6, 7 and 8 October. It was organised by Peter Bolton and John Boyack. The venue was the Ramada Hotel in the city centre. As usual, on arrival on Friday we gathered in the bar and enjoyed a couple of drinks before dining informally in the evening at the hotel.
On the Saturday, a few members went off to a distillery for “The Famous Grouse Experience” whilst the remainder of the members and their wives/partners did a bit of shopping or sight-seeing in the local area.
The formal Reunion dinner was held on the Saturday evening at the hotel in a dedicated function room. First timers Paul and Veronica Sweetman were welcomed, as were Shug Dalgleish and Roger Gulliver who had been prevented from attending in 2005 due to illness.
A magician was hired for the evening. The magician was extremely good—at one point Maureen Hughes suddenly found she had two balls in her hand (I’ll leave you to figure out the innuendo and the amusement that that caused). The magician was also adept at the usual card and rope tricks and, even at such close proximity to his audience, it was impossible to see how he did those tricks.
After the dinner, we played a form of “shuv ha’penny” on the dance floor, except that it was played with pound coins and a large bottle of whiskey. Bill Butlin got his pound coin nearest to the bottle and so won the bottle of whiskey and the pound coins off all the losers. Bill generously donated his cash winnings (£45) to the Northwest Air Ambulance Service. He kept the whisky (he’s no fool). There was also a raffle which raised £88 that was donated to the 89th Entry Association Fund.
Later in the evening we did a little dancing. As usual, most of the men preferred to stand at the bar but, to encourage the boys, the girls reminded them of their youth when they would go along to the local dance hall and try to pluck up enough courage to ask one of the group of girls dancing around their handbags for a dance.
Many thanks to Peter Bolton and John Boyack for a most enjoyable weekend.