Feeding the five thousand ? Well I bet it seemed like that.
Tony Hopkins had the unenviable task of producing a Christmas Lunch for 59, the largest
number I can remember for a sit down meal at the club.
Tony soon showed that he was up to the challenge starting with a Tomato and Vegetable
soup. Everything was served by the 16 younger members of the club.
The main course was a magnum opus with roast chicken , stuffing, bacon wrapped chipolatas,
roast and new potatoes and a selection of vegetables. And then there was the vegetarian
option. Getting all that cooked in the Aquarius kitchen was quite a feat.
Next came the ticklish business of heating Christmas puds in the microwave ovens.
It is a tricky job to heat the puds without exploding the dried fruit all over the
inside of the ovens. It went down well with brandy sauce or ice cream.
Everyone enjoyed the event but producing that amount of food took quite a while so
as everyone was still chatting over mince pies and coffee, the planned games were
postponed till another time. Many thanks to Tony and Cassie and to all those who
served, ran the bar and most importantly washed up afterwards.