THE BMLS – AGM & GTG
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading
11 - 13 OCTOBER 2019
year marked the sixtieth anniversary of Mario's passing, and we were
honoured to have with us, Ellisa, Bobby and Derek Mannering, Mario's
Biographer. Many members from abroad also joined us from Belgium,
Germany and Italy.
Our own Bill Earl at 104 years of age also
attended and stood for twenty minutes unaided, with no script keeping
us in fits with his jokes.
Our weekend began on the Friday
afternoon with many members arriving. Following our
evening meal, Ellisa did the rounds of the tables talking to our
members, as gracious as always. The rest of the evening members
just liked to chat, and the evening soon passed.
morning was taken up with both the AGM of the MLEF and the BMLS.
After a supplied buffet lunch, we were due to show a film,
however the equipment did not work! Long serving members
received their certificates and gifts. We enjoyed a
cake supplied by one of our members. Our entertainers
wished to rehearse before the evening events, so we cleared the room by
04.30 to allow for this.
We had the first part of our
concert before our meal. Ably provided by Dmitri (baritone) and
Olivia (soprano) and Delphine at the piano. Following our meal
our guests and entertainers were presented with gifts by our Chair
Pamela Latham. Then followed the second half of the concert.
By this time, it was getting quite late and we still had the
raffle to draw. Olivia, by the way, is a previous reciprient of
an Educational Foundation Grant.
was taken up with the usual member's choice of tracks which our George
Thomson then records onto a CD for that member to take away. A
raffle ticket is drawn to choose next year's lucky member.
weekend events came to close at lunchtime, with many choosing to stay
on for a bit of lunch before wending their way home until next year,
when we do it all again, on what would have been Mario's 99th birthday.
104 year old Bill Earl and Derek Mannering.
Ellisa, Brian Beacock, Bobby and Valeria Pugiotto