Senior Citizens' Christmas Party

THIRTY-SIX senior citizens were treated to the annual Christmas party on 25th November held at St James Trust, Blatchington Road.
The hall had been decorated by the Trusts’ volunteers and a Christmas tree in the corner of the hall gave the hall a seasonal touch. Rotarians hung some red and yellow balloons hung from the ceilings.
In advance of the guests’ arrival the hall was a buzz of activity as Rotarians set up the tables and chairs and decorated the tables. In the kitchen four Rotarian wives (Ruth Willox, Sue Peachey, Annie Wells and Daphne Vaesen) feverishly prepared the food for the tea.
The party goers were transported to St James Trust by Rotarians and CTLA, and by half past two all was ready for the start of the festivities.
Past President Peter Fenwick made introductions to the guests in a number of languages before handing over to President Bill Pierce to welcome those present and for Seaford Mayor Lindsay Freeman to offer her greetings.
Guests were treated to a glass of sherry on their arrival, although after the introductory speeches, the guests were given the opportunity to have their glasses refilled. Indeed, glasses were refilled such that the supply was totally exhausted.
Entertainment before the food was provided by Graham Tubb dressed as Fagin and Margo Miller accompanied on the piano by Rosemary Kemp. They commenced a selection of eleven songs from the musical ‘Oliver’ with ‘Food, Glorious Food’, and included ‘Reviewing the situation’, ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket of two’ and got the audience singing with ‘Oom Pah Pah’.
Sandwiches and a selection of home-made cakes and scones was served to the thirty-six guests. This was washed down by either tea and coffee.
Each senior citizen was also provided with a raffle ticket when they arrived, and after the food, Seaford Mayor Lindsay Freeman drew out the winning tickets and the prizes were distributed to the lucky winners.
After the raffle, Graham Tubb and Margo Miller returned to provide further entertainment by singing a selection of well know operatic arias before singing some old time musical hall songs which the guests sung along to before finishing with a couple of well-known songs from West End musicals.
President Bill Pierce gave a vote of thanks to Graham Tubb, Margo Miller and Rosemary Kemp for their entertainment, the Rotarian wives for their efforts in the kitchen and the Rotarians in the back room who had made this all possible, and in particular, Steven Willox, Chair of the Rotary Club’s Community Service Committee who had arranged the party.

posted: Friday, 25 November 2016

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