The idea to celebrate George's 80th birthday and spring a surprise party for him
at the club was a great success.
Rodger's organisational skills were put into overdrive while Joan tried to figure
out a way to get George to the club without raising his suspicions.
A small army of the club ladies prepared an array of buffet food while Linda Wheeler
constructed a galleon birthday cake.
Once the first youth sail training session was over the club was made ready and suitably
decorated. By 7:30pm most people had arrived and the final touches were added to
George and Joan arrived at 8:00pm and as they approached the club were met by a
guard of honour holding an arch of crossed paddles. Once through they were met by
an eighty gun salute delivered by all the members using party poppers!
The look on George's face was a picture. The evening was a great success and seemed
to flash by. The food was great, there was dancing and later a toast was proposed
to George during which he was presented with a rather fetching, suitably engraved
tankard, to hang behind the club bar. By the time the cake was cut I think George
had just about come down off the ceiling while Joan had a broad smile on her face.
George said he would never trust her again but secretly I think he was tickled pink.
Hope you enjoyed it George, here's to the next one!
George was a prime mover in springing a similar surprise birthday party on me a few
years ago at the club. This time it was his turn and he was caught out just as I
had been; you never see these things coming.