Friday, November 10, 2006


Dinner Dating with the 'Dems

Tonight was the “First Annual Bury Liberal Democrats Dinner.” The use of the word “Annual” was somewhat presumptuous, because if the whole thing had been a disaster, I doubt it would have become an annual event. Thankfully, it was anything but, and I imagine there’ll be a Second Annual Bury Liberal Democrats Dinner. Probably in about a year…

The night took place at the Woodthorpe Hotel, which had been the staging ground for another successful recent event, our Summer quiz. I didn’t win the raffle there, and I didn’t win it here either. Although the beady-eyed amongst the crowd at both events may have noticed the D’Albert family (home to Vic D’Albert, our PPC) won prizes in both. I suspect a fix.

But I shall leave my suspicions for the Police, and instead focus on a successful night.

Over 40 people were in attendance, which was a fabulous turnout, especially since many people came from all across Bury. The food was lovely, and certainly a change from my usual Friday night fare of Armstrong’s fish and chips! Although, despite having eaten another one of them tonight, I am still no closer to discovering what precisely a “supreme” of chicken is.

Our guest speaker was Sajjad Karim, one of the two Liberal Democrat MEPs for the North West. I’d met him previously in Blackburn, and it was nice to see him again. He re-iterated his desire to come and do anything he can to help the Bury party, which was very generous. I re-iterated the fact that there were still about 10,00-0 Focus leaflet that needed delivering! He may come to regret his kind offer come the elections in May!

Before waltzing off with a giant decorative candle courtesy of the raffle, Vic D’Albert also spoke, and there was a presentation to Geoff Young, the party’s local treasurer literally since the days of Pounds, Shillings and Pence. I think the fact that our accounts were still in that format was the main reason for his relinquishing of the position this year…

So all in all, an enjoyable way to spend a Friday night.


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