Posted on 5th December 2019
Many thanks to all those who came along and contributed to my final event with the BHBPA last Tuesday at the Woolpack. I had a great evening, was treated like royalty and left just slightly the worse for wear clutching a mountain of gifts and cards.
I was picked up by my good friend Paul Shearing from home in Brighton and driven to the Woolpack, where we had arranged for Lance to provide some food for the expected throng. By 5.15 the place was buzzing and I was overwhelmed with good wishes and humbling compliments as the evening wore on.
Many of those who came even remembered to bring a toy for the More Radio/Travail Appeal for Christmas Toys and the pile of those grew steadily as people arrived. The generosity of members knows no bounds as people arrived with cards and gifts, all wishing me well and hoping to see me return on occasions for BHBPA events. I was honoured to be granted life membership of the BHBPA. After managing to spout a few lines of jumbled speech through the microphone, I was able to move around chatting to those who had turned up for this Christmas celebration. It was a delight to speak to so many friendly faces whom I have come to know and respect among the BHBPA community.
My thanks go to all those who came along, who gave me cards and gifts and wished me well in the future. I hope the BHBPA goes from strength to strength in the coming years and wish my replacement every success. This was an evening I shall never forget.
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