Basil King celebrates 50 years at Ipswich 41 Club 04-11-2021 Club news: 41 Club Primary

"I cannot believe that I have been coming to Ipswich 41 Club dinner meetings in this dining room for 50 years. Nothing seems to have changed in that time apart from the construction of a movable wall behind the fireplace.

I have to declare at the outset that I am not a local but was imported to Ipswich in 1970 by my employer Guardian Royal Exchange. Prior to that I had been a member of Leatherhead Round Table 171 in Surrey and joined Ipswich 41 Club in 1971.

Over the fifty years I have had the pleasure of meeting many members of Ipswich 41 Club where the interaction and banter on a give and take basis assisted greatly in bonding and has been very enjoyable and rewarding. I can say that the quality of the interaction and banter between members is as good today as it has ever been.

It gives me great pleasure to put wine on the table tonight not only for your consumption but it provides me with the opportunity of saving on inheritance tax - the expenditure will reduce my assets subject to the tax. Thank you for helping me in this way.”

Cheers Basil! 

And it goes to show how the Round Table family is great for those moving around the country, especially with work.

Some Key events from 1971:

  • The first ever postal workers' strike took place, in an attempt to win a 19.5% pay rise.
  • The Broadcast receiver licence was abolished for radios.
  • The UK and the Republic of Ireland both switched to decimal currency.
  • Unemployment reached a post-Second World War high of nearly 815,000.
  • The EEC agreed terms for Britain's proposed membership and it was hoped that the nation will join the EEC next year.
  • Showjumper Harvey Smith was stripped of his victory in the British Show Jumping Derby by judges for making a V sign
  • Television music show The Old Grey Whistle Test was aired for the first time on BBC 2.
  • Inflation stood at a 30-year high of 8.6%
  • Round Table was 44 years old