Thanks for joining us.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
We have had the most splendid Christmas Ding Dong today!
What a great turnout at the Spa.
It started out so calm and civilised.
You will recognise many of the team here –
Dee, Tina, Mel, Paul, Rosie to name but a few…
This was definitely the more raucous table!
See Jayne here? The one next to little Dotty, who’s sitting next to her mum Annie, who designs so many of our super stencils?
Well, Jayne is not only in charge of all TV Dispatch – She is also our Party Planner. She who organises Secret Santa and games…
.. and she also supervises dress code!
Below we see our Family Business at its absolute best.
We have mums and sons, and mums and daughters both working together, you see.
So here you can see Jim and his Mammy Clare at the front ,
then Laurent and his Mum Jeannine,
Then Tomaz and Georgina (who jumped in for Jayne who is really Tom’s Mum, but was also shouting the instructions).
And at the back there was Anna and her Mum Sharon.
The object of the exercise was for the parent to make a snowman out of their child in one minute.
You should have heard them having a go !! It was hilarious.
And here we see more frolicking.
The male partners had to stand behind their women, slip their hands through to the front, close their eyes and wrap a box.
Linda and Rob Williams won hands down.
Dave and I were pathetic!!
The food was superb, the wine and beer was flowing, the laughter and banter was magic.
Even our lovely Bank Manager joined in.
He thinks we are very special too!
What a wonderful way to end the year.
Sometimes words aren’t adequate. They cannot describe the sense of team and camaraderie and friendship in the lovely room this afternoon.
But now it’s time to call it a day.
It’s been a long one actually.
We went a funeral this morning in West London.
My darling Uncle Kevin passed away, and the funeral fell on the same day as the party. That’s always the way, isn’t it.
Which is why we moved our lunch to the late afternoon,
to give the Grays enough time to pay our respects and get back to Tunbridge Wells.
It’s a funny old life, isn’t it.
One of the saddest events of the year,
closely followed by one of the happiest events of the year.
Cried at both.
But to be honest, I sandwiched myself between Dave, my brother Steve, and Mum and Dad – and it felt ok and safe.
In both places.
It is what it is.
Love & Hugs,