Ladies lunch launches 25th anniversary
The Lady Taverners launched the first of their 25th Anniversary events this week at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.
Over three hundred ladies and their guests gathered for the lunch and celebrations began with a Champagne reception. After the bubbles had flowed, the ladies were lead into the spectacular ‘silver’ themed room where the new Chairman of The Lady Taverners, Marilyn Fry, gave her first speech in the role.
President of The Lady Taverners, Angela Rippon, expertly hosted the afternoon which saw a plethora of speakers and entertainment. Legendary comic Barry Cryer performed an amusing ‘Ode’ to The Lady Taverners and film-maker and food critic Michael Winner also took to the stage to give an insight into life behind the camera.
Tina Gordon from Wheelchair Basketball gave a talk on the Disability Sports Appeal funded scheme which has given so many young people ‘a sporting chance’. Tina was joined on stage by Wheelchair Basketball player Jim Palmer who spoke about how the sport has changed his life and enabled him to compete in some fantastic competitions both in the UK and abroad. Jim is hoping to make the selection for the GB U22s squad for the European Junior Championships at Stoke Mandeville Stadium this Summer.
Guests were also entertained by magnificent Opera singer Martin Toal, who performed during the lunch with a medley of classic songs and ended with a very rousing rendition of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ which saw guests take to their feet and sing!
With thanks to Linda Hitman and the event committee for helping to create such a fantastic day. Over £25,000 was raised, very fitting for The Lady Taverners 25th year. The money will give a sporting chance to young people with special needs all over the UK.
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