The Lodge of Lights No 148 annual spring social held at Warrington Masonic Hall is now an established and regular event and was well planned by the joint ladies and social committee led by Dave Tabron as social secretary. This year it was decided to change their normal dinner dance style format to ‘Only Fools and Horses’, a tribute comedy show combined with normally a three course, but tonight, a four course meal.
George Range, the WM, opened the evening by extending a warm welcome to everyone, saying: ‘I’m not sure what to expect but I hope everyone will have an enjoyable evening.”
The evening was a sell-out and very well attended by 125 members and guests who enjoyed an excellent four course meal. Grace was offered by Ken Smith, the lodge chaplain. Each of the courses was interspersed by a comedy show presented by the tribute act to the ‘Only Fools and Horses’ characters.
The gala dinner was hosted by Marlene and Boycie and the guest list also included Del, Rodney and Uncle Albert! There was a strong possibility that Raquel may pop in and sing a couple of songs. Even Batman and Robin turned up! Del appeared in his kitchen whites and claimed to be the chef for the night but we couldn’t imagine that the hall’s chef Duane would let him anywhere near the kitchens let alone the food!
The meal included carrot and coriander soup, chicken with barbeque sauce, potatoes and vegetables, fruits of the forest with ice cream and shortbread biscuit and a selection of cheeses which was followed by tea or coffee.
Uncle Albert turned up and eventually after his funny comedy stint led the singing with songs from the past which included ‘My old man said follow the band’, ‘O I do like to be beside the seaside’ and several others. He had everyone laughing at his jokes and singing along to the old favourites.
The evening resulted in chaos and mayhem with a great deal of comedy, laughter and audience participation. General comments passed by many of the attendees included; ‘good night, different and most enjoyable’, ‘very funny, not stopped laughing’, ‘very professionally put together, most enjoyable’, ‘much more enjoyable than I expected’, ‘good to see something different’ and ‘good food, good company, good humour – enjoyed it very much’. The event was very successful and enjoyed by all.
The evening raised £600 for charity and everyone enjoyed doing it. Dave closed the evening by thanking all for their kind support and wished everyone a safe journey home.