The excellent organisational skills of Dave Curwen were clear to see when the members of Landmark Lodge No 7273 entertained their ladies and guests at the Doric Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool. Master of Landmark Lodge John Roberts and his lovely wife Kay were bowled over by this exceptional event.
Dave Curwen was ably assisted as ever by his partner Christine Yardley. They have been the planners and organisers of Landmark Lodge social events for well over 10 years and their expertise shone through at this event as it has so often done before.
Following a reception with photographs taken by Paul Wild, grace was led by the master John Roberts and the proceedings were managed by director of ceremonies Norman Prue, Over 60 people sat down to a sumptuous four course meal starting with tomato with basil soup, followed by roast sirloin of beef, with tiramisu for sweet and coffee with mints to conclude.
Throughout the meal background music was provided by DJ ‘Scottie.’ During the interval between the starter and the main course everyone enjoyed the now traditional rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ with flags waving and encore’s demanded. Scottie later provided entertainment and dancing until the close.
After toasting the Queen, the proposal of the toast to the ladies was given in style by the lodge’s junior warden John Bolton. He congratulated the ladies on the vibrancy of their attire which was brightening the occasion in a way that only ladies were capable. He also thanked them for letting their men out to all of those meetings throughout the year. His speech was met with warm approval and was followed by Hugh Mett who sang the ‘song to the ladies’ with his customary verve and aplomb.
Ray Lister then presented the principal guest Mrs Kay Roberts with a very fine rose-gold watch on behalf of all the lodge members and she was then invited to reply. Kay proceeded to thank all involved in organising and running the evening and then to the many members and guests who had donated a plethora of fine prizes for the raffle which was held to raise over £200 on behalf of Masonic and non-Masonic charities.
Those present continued to enjoy the evening until ‘carriages’ at one o’clock in the morning, after a rousing rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne.”