On the 12th of August, the club passed a milestone in its history, as it celebrated its 18th birthday. I’m sure that Bob and his small group of like minded individuals never dreamed 18 years ago that it would last this long, but it has, and the firm base they established has stood us in great stead to go from strength to strength and support the stroke sufferers of Halton for a long time to come.

18th Birthday Party 001Our guest of honour was Haltons Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Ged Philbin, and the Deputy Mayoress Ms. Ros Wong, and they were greeted by our Chair, Ernie Ratcliffe and his wife, Margaret.

It was good to see Phil Millard, past Treasurer and Chair, who took time out from his busy retirement to spend some time with his old friends at the club. Tony Loftus from Halton Print, and Robbie Robertson of Apec Taxis also joined us to enjoy an evening of entertainment and a light supper.

18th Birthday Party 030Charlotte McKelvie, a past winner of Halton’s Got Talent, provided us with a great start to the evening, with a selection of songs, culminating with a resounding rendition of Nessun Dorma, which had the audience on their feet, applauding her talent once again. Later this year, she will be entertaining the rich and famous on a round the world cruise. They are in for a real treat!

Steak pie and chips was on the menu for supper, which was delicious, followed by a selection of decorated cupcakes, hand produced by our own Mary Berry, Teresa Cook. We have enjoyed her peanut brittle and peppermint creams before on our legendary coach journeys, so we knew they would be exquisite, and we weren’t disappointed.

The raffle raised over £121 for the club, and then the coaches arrived to whisk people away, back to their homes, thoroughly entertained and with full stomachs. A very successful night for the club, and only 12 months before we get to do it all again!

Below are some of our members enjoying the Birthday celebrations

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Here are members Val Anderson and Betty Mitchell

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Pauline and Ruth Card

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Rose Cook with Jean Riley and Sandra Byrne

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