6-8 OCTOBER 2017

What a wonderful venue, the Crowne Plaza Hotel was.  Great service, always with a smile and the delightful George who couldn't do enough for us.  We began our Friday evening at 7.30 with a fantastic meal, followed by the documentary "The Best of Everything".  

Saturday morning was taken up with the AGM's of both the MLEF and the Society, after which we enjoyed a superb buffet, and this after an excellent help yourself breakfast.  Following lunch George Thomson held his last ever auction.  He then played snippets of various singers, culinating in the short version of the Fiat advert with Mario singing Come Prima.  Members then availed themselves of the coffee/tea and cakes before watching The Seven Hills of Rome.  We retired for the evening and  Delphine Evans and her partner Dmitry entertained us in two halves.  An operatic mix before dinner and later on some of Mario's music.  Although Dmitry is a baritone, he gave a great performance enjoyed by all.  Our dinner was superb, served by waiters with a smile!  We followed dinner with our raffle, and due to it getting late, the evening was left for people to chat and Delphine kindly playing more piano music for us.

Sunday morning is given over to  member's choice of Mario music, this year won by Doris Finch, which George Thomson kindly transfers to CD.  He followed by various songs/arias from Mario's films and interviews regarding Mario.  The Crowne Plaza was excellent, the staff couldn't do enough for us.  It is hoped we will be able to return to this venue, perhaps for the sixtieth anniversary of Mario's  passing in 2019.


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