41 Club 70th Anniversary Lunch 15-09-2015 Club news: Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Seven members of Ashby 41 Club (me, Goody, Hugh, Greg, Pete B, Kevin and JR) ventured north to the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 12th September for the 70th Anniversary Lunch of 41 Club. The first problem when we arrived at the venue at 11:30 was that the bar wasn't due to open until 12 noon, but fortunately common sense prevailed and pints of Black Sheep bitter were being served only 10 minutes later!

The meal was very good for a mass scale catering event (around 260 present in total) with two generous chunks of chicken per portion. The Horbury Victoria Brass Band were also very good, perfecting the volume so that conversation could be continued when playing (and we were seated right in front of them) and playing in segments rather than continuously.

Needless to say, all the musical favourites were there, including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and the Dambusters. During the Dambusters March, all the Ashby 41ers (except JR, who had a gammy leg!) proceeded around the hall with our squadron of Lancasters, expertly made by Hugh, which was very well received. Sadly, no photos available here, as we were all taking part (any offers, readers?...or see the photo on the National 41 Club site), but Ashby will see them again at our special Charter evening next February. Oh, and the Union Jacks at that event might look familiar to some of us as well!

Guest speaker Martyn Lewis entertained with some anecdotes from his life in TV news reporting and also gave some passionate comments about volunteering and charities. The raffle conducted by 'Goody's Girls' raised over £2100 for the National President Terry's charity, the Stroke Association.

All in all, a very enjoyable occasion, even when the bar ran out of Black Sheep and we had to move on to San Miguel lager!