11, 12, 13 October 2014
The reunion at Southwold was a great success, thanks to the excellent organisation by Paul Sweetman, ably assisted by his wife Veronica. There were 48 attendees, most gathing on the Friday evening in the bar to renew old, and some new, acquaintances. Southwold is a lovely small sea-side town and much of it is owned by Adnams Brewery—including the Swan and Crown Hotels where we were billeted.
We were delighted to welcome Brian and Anna Treleaven who attended one of our reunions for the first time and Sue Mepham and Pat Pope who had lost their husbands recently. Roger and Pamela Savidge won the long distance award—traveling from Australia—and Alfie and Lesley Tebb travelled from the Canary Islands.
The small-town setting for the reunion was ideal, particularly as the weather was kind for that time of year and so we were able to enjoy the local scenery without winter coats and umbrellas. The tour of Adnams Brewery was very interesting for those who attended and it was fascinating to see how the brewery is spread across a number of buildings, some of which were made to blend into the town architecture. For example, the keg filling building façade was made to look like a row of terraced houses.
We gathered as usual in the Swan Hotel bar prior to the dinner which was served in the main dining room. The meal and service from the staff were excellent and the after dinner entertainment was provided by a country style singer and guitarist called Washboard Chris. A great way to round off the evening.