Posted: Tuesday 09 January 2018
North East Associates
- Thursday 14th December –
Some 250 Associates from the North East met on Thursday 14th December 2017 for their now 'traditional' lunch as a finale to the year's activities.
The venue was again The Assembly Rooms, the "Old Ass" as affectionately known to locals, which is in "the toon".
On arrival guests were greeted by NE Chairman John Scott and then guided towards a warming drink, this before having the opportunity to buy raffle tickets in support of the local charity, Northumbria Blood Bikes.
Raffle-ticket sellers - Barbara, Alice & Pauline - who could refuse to buy
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to find out more
Thanks must go to Anne Woodward
and her helpers for their organisation
and for their encouragement
of our punters to donate.
After the count-up we were able
to donate £1,077 to Blood Bikes
– well done to all concerned
for their generosity.
As you can imagine the time immediately after the reception was spent catching up with "old" colleagues and friends from earlier years. Many will not have met since last year's lunch.
You have to experience the atmosphere to appreciate it with so many conversations going on.
Prior to the meal, as is now customary,
the oldest lady present - Beth Hetherington -
and the oldest gent present - Greg Gregory -
were each presented with a complimentary bottle of champagne
to mark this achievement.
This was then followed by the full Christmas Fayre which was thoroughly enjoyed by those present.
After lunch there was ample time to have a drink and again meet and greet with old friends and colleagues many of whom had not seen each other since last year's event.
Some went straight home, others did some Christmas shopping in "The Toon" whilst some took advantage of the hospitality in The Mile Castle very close by.
Once again, a successful get-together which for many is the highlight of the Associate year.
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