90th Anniversary Dinner

This was a very special evening, for it celebrated the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the Association. 30 members and guests attended the event in the Northern Counties Club, Newcastle. The evening went extremely well. Our new NCA banner, proclaiming our establishment in 1930, greeted members as they arrived for the initial reception in the Club’s foyer, after which we went upstairs to the dining room. The President welcomed everyone, gave the apologies, explained the programme, and circulated a 100th birthday card for Betty Schofield, which everyone signed (her son-in-law, Stephen Lawson attended the dinner, and undertook to pass it on to her). The meal was excellent (daube of beef). At 20.45, the President and Hon. Secreatary ceremonially cut  the 90th anniversary cake that had been made for the occasion, and photographs were taken. The Hon. Secretary gave the results of the traditional quiz (featuring 25 photographs of excursions made by the NCA in the last 10 years), and thereafter we had the Toast to the Queen (by the President), and our two excellent after-dinner speakers, Past Presidents James Wright, who gave a history of the Association, and Ian Fells, who gave his reminiscences of Cambridge in the 1950s. Special guest Ian Roberts (Cambridge University Alumnin Advisory Board for Scotland, former Chairman of the Cambridge Society of Edinburgh),  conveyed to the Association the congratulations of the Cambridge Society of Edinburgh and of Cambridge University, and offered the toast to Cambridge University, and senior member, Margaret Wilkinson the toast to the Northumbrian Cambridge Association. The President gave farewell announcements, thanked the staff of the Northern Counties Club, as well as the Hon. Secretary, and then outlined the programme for the remainder of the year.   

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