2012 Tyne Tees Centre Annual Dinner Dance
Following a very successful year of regular events and events new to our calendar it seemed only right that we should celebrate properly. That we did, at the Annual Dinner Dance and Presentation of Awards at The Gibside Hotel in Whickham on 9th December. The pictures show members and guests entering into the spirit of the evening and many of the winners of the various trophies for performances throughout the past year. Thanks to John Watson of Abingdon Works Centre and Chairman of the B Register, for taking the pictures and allowing my wife Sheila Hope to have a night off behind the lens! Grateful thanks must go of couse to Lyn Ebdon and Sheila for organising the evening and the programme/menu - efficiently executed as ever.
The pictures just below show the many gifts we received from generous members and businesses. The raffle for the prizes, in aid of the Myasthenia Gravis and Macmillan Cancer Support charities raised £350 and we are extremely grateful to all those who donated and obviously everyone who bought tickets.
Once everyone was well-lubricated the Ticket Touts got out and about; there was no escape, not even for the hotel staff!
Before the serious dancing got underway our Centre Chairman Peter Ebdon presented the trophies to the worthy winners. First we had Keith Dunn for the southern Pride of Ownership, pre-1981 followed by Noel Lindford and the post-1981 award:
Ian Whyte was unable to attend so David Alexander accepted the northern Pride of Ownership pre-1981 trophy on his behalf and Colin Ellenden took the honours for the post-1981 award:
Next came John Adamson for 'Car the Judge would like to take home' for the Cobweb Run, our first major event of 2012 then Roy Kingan for the Prince Bishops Run in July:
Margaret Farquhar took the Racing trophy and a well-deserved award for Matthew Alexander with the Enthusiast's Trophy. Matthew has attended most of our northern Natters, helped out with marshalling at many of our events and has attended most of our Committee meetings with his Dad David. Matthew is not even a Committee member (yet!!) but takes a huge interest in everything we do:
Finally, a surprised but clearly delighted Dennis Hope received the Chairman's Award for his consistent assistance in everything 'Tyne-Tees Centre'.
I fear the dancing that followed was so fast and energetic it was not possible to take pictures
that truly represented the grace and speed of those on the dance floor but rest assured that a great time was had by all and we have already booked again for 7th December 2013! Be there!!