By Martin Vaughan South Tyneside branch held an all singing all dancing St Georges day party in South Shields, turn out was high and no one left the venue empty handed.
Regional organiser Chris Thornton chaired and organised the evening, which included so many prizes.
We started the evening with some short speeches from our members including Tasha M, Dorothy Brooke and Martin Vaughan, branch fund holder.
YBNP member Tasha M spoke first about a fabulous day in Newcastle city centre, where St George celebrations were held. May I add Tasha is becoming a very confident speaker and no doubt will be a rising star in the party, for many years to come.
We did theme the evening by asking members and guests to dress in red and white, and so they did. The best surprise of the evening though was the arrival of St George himself (Nigel Brooke) followed by his very glamorous partner Lady Dorothy Brooke. Dorothy spoke of her disappointment of all the shops/supermarkets, who this year did not stock any St George celebratory Items at all, in fact most of this had to be ordered online.
Dorothy went on to say it’s almost as if the PC brigade has told the shops to stop selling such items, for they may offend certain minorities.
This did not deter Dorothy though as she went on to tell us she had in fact had words with store managers and told them they should be ashamed of themselves for being so anti English.
The evening consisted of many activities including our usual raffle and also a pub Quiz, conducted by Chris Thornton.
Chris came on in the second half after a much devoured buffet including our St Georges cake, and may I add St George’s fairy cakes made by myself, well slightly, dare I say.
Chris spent a good half hour explaining who St George was and just what he was about.
A captive crowd were fascinated by what was said; especially when he mentioned that one of the first people to actually write about St George was right here on our door step, St Bede of Jarrow.
A quiz was then held, and may I add it was a difficult Q and A session.
I do not think anyone in the room got the 10 answers correct, however, we had lots of bottles of St Georges Real ale as prizes and I think most folk in the room won at least one bottle.
The evening ended on a high note with a very healthy collection and everybody said they enjoyed themselves. Keep it British