It was at The Ramada in Watford, same as last year and very convenient for locals Al Weyman and Phil Waller. Good news was it was sold out, bad news was the room wasn’t big enough. The big problem was the bar was in the room and the crowd around it encroached onto the nearby tables, including ours. Maybe I am getting old but the big advantage of having the bar in a seperate room is that later on you can get away from the music!
We finally get sat down and the meal is served about half an hour late. Along comes the starter, then along comes the main course and then just as they are about to serve desert the wine arrives. Who forgot to order it then?
Fortunately the PA was to MCC Trecarn standards which spared us from Richard Langeveld’s "jokes", some of which were in poor taste. Audio quality was improved by the time guest Alec Poole took the floor but by then all was lost and noboddy was listening.
The award winners were given a good reception and Neil received his pot for winning his class in Group 1. With so many awards the presentations lasted until nearly 11.30, leaving the dancers feeling short changed which was a shame as the mainly female band were quite good, all things considered.
Interesting gossip. Seems like quite a few people will be racing elsewhere next year, including Steve Primett who will only do few races with the club.
Pre 93 and Classic & Historic numbers look good but Post Historic and Group 1 are in for a struggle. At first site the Classic Thunder looks healthy but that’s because of the BOSS numbers. They are making sure they don’t get to drawn in and talk is they will be off on their own as soon as they get sufficient numbers.