A Ladies Evening has always been considered an important event in the Tudor Lodge No 6477 calendar and every aspect of its preparation made with great care and attention. This year was no exception and it was held at the Southport Old Links Golf Club with 60 ladies, gentlemen and brethren attending.
The evening began with a presentation of a bouquet of flowers by Cath Adams to the principal lady, Mrs Suzy Carter, daughter of the WM John Clay. After grace, given by the acting chaplain John Wingfield, the evening continued with a splendid three course meal, chosen from a comprehensive menu and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Congratulations must naturally be given to all the catering staff for their splendid efforts of preparation and consideration to detail. From the start, the atmosphere was all that is expected from a Masonic social evening with relaxed good humour and bonhomie pervading throughout.
After the dinner and the tables cleared, the toast to the Queen was proposed by John Clay. After a preamble of eloquence and comedy, Rod Roche proposed the toast to the ladies. The ladies song was then magnificently sung by Roy Horswood, which was generously received by all. In response, Suzy thanked Rod for his kind words and proposing the ladies toast and to Roy for delaying his return to Spain to sing for her. She thanked the lodge members for their generous gift and remarked that the bouquet was a lovely surprise. She finally expressed her pleasure of being there to support her dad and acting as his lady for the evening and to everyone for making her feel very welcome.
With the official business completed it was time for the entertainment; and nobody was to be disappointed. Martin Gregory Lambert immediately engaged with the audience and his professional experience became apparent. He provided a perfect blend of comedy and song which had everyone roaring with laughter and joining in with the sing along choruses. During the break the generous raffle was enthusiastically received by everyone.
The second half of the entertainment proved just as enjoyable as the first with the same subtle blend of comedy and dance music. The evening finished with Auld Lang Syne, and thanks were given by John Clay to all concerned for making it a night to remember.