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Posted:  Sunday 18 March 2018

North East Associates
Spring Event and AGM

- Thursday 16th March -


The lads and lasses at the Met Office have been telling us for a couple of weeks now that it is spring - but we're not sure if we believe them.

Today over eighty of our group braved the cold wind and the rain to gather in the Newcastle 'Assembly Rooms' for our first major event of the 2018 season.

Lots of conversations soon started, witha lot of catching up to do since our last full indoor meeting a year ago.


Welcomed by Chairman John Scott the talking continued until the next call.


Before the formal part of the procedings we were invited to partake of a buffet lunch, this to the usual high standards of this venue.

Supplies of food usually result in a quiet spell, but this not really noticeable today.


Now for a quick shuffle across the floor to theatre-style places, this for the Annual General Meeting - the formal bit of the procedings.

from this

to this

Formalities quickly over John Scott thanked Keith Stokoe who had recently left the regional Committee, appreciation for Keith's contribution being applauded by the assembly.

John then announced his retirement as chairman, and committee member, after fifteen years in the lead role.  To applause he then handed over to Colin Harris who has been appointed to take his place.

John says his farewells -

- and then says "Colin, this is yours" - many thanks to John

Change just like the good old days!


Today we welcomed the return of Newcastle City Guide and raconteur Freda Thompson who reflected on the life of comedian Stan Laurel.
Stan was born across the country from us in Ulverston, at that time in Lancashire, and he then spent most of his formative years in north-east England where his father was a theatre manager and impresario.

A statue to Stan stands in Dockwray Square in nearby North Shields close to where he lived as a child.

Freda continued with observations on his career with Oliver Hardy and in this many performances by them which are still in our memories.

Laurel and Hardy - "Two minds without a single thought!"

JIm Coombes took many pictures on the day.

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With thanks being given to Freda we headed out again into the wind and rain with the thought of some of us travelling south next week for a few days in the Cotswolds - and those Met Office folks are forecasting snow!

In the meantme let's head for JDW's 'The Milecastle' to take our minds off this.


pictures:  jec, ph

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