The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Reading

11 - 13  OCTOBER 2019

This 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.

Saturday 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.

Sunday 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.

The 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
104 year old Bill Earl and Derek Mannering.


                    Ellisa, Brian Beacock, Bobby and Valeria Pugiotto

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