What better way to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon with family and friends than over a delicious lunch, coupled with fabulous entertainment. This was the order of the day for members of the Ormskirk Ladies Group and their guests at O’Briens Tea Rooms within the Masonic hall.
Once everyone had taken their seats, and with the sunshine streaming through the windows, Diane Hampson, chairperson, welcomed all the guests and wished them a most enjoyable afternoon. Diane’s husband Ray was called upon to say ‘grace’ before the diners enjoyed a sumptuous three course meal from a choice of creamed vegetable soup with crusty bread or trio of melon with mixed berry compote; followed by slow roast cooked lamb, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables or lemon and dill baked salmon with Hollandaise sauce, and for dessert either creme brûlée, fresh fruit salad, ice cream or cheese and biscuits. This was rounded off with coffee or tea, mints and chocolate truffles. Gary, hall chef, and his hard working staff, had excelled all expectations once again.
Following the meal, ‘Fast Eddie’ (aka Bryan Davidson a member of Vale of Skelmersdale Lodge No 8719) took to the microphone and for the next 40 minutes entertained with a popular mix of songs from the 50’s and 60’s; which had guests tapping their feet and singing along. The songs were interspersed with jokes and stories which had his captive audience in stitches.
During a short interval a bumper raffle was held, organised by committee members Barbara Westby and Erica Johnson, which raised a fantastic £119 for charitable good causes.
The second half of the afternoon’s entertainment then commenced and Fast Eddie encouraged guests to take to the floor for some dancing. To assist him with a bit of fun with his rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’, Christina Dutton and Sheila Mercer volunteered to be his backing group ‘The Ediots’. This performance had everyone laughing and clapping in appreciation. This fun occasion continued with everyone, including the bar staff, participating in the classic ‘Penny Arcade’ joyfully waving their hands in the air with serviettes, scarves (and whatever else came to hand).
As the afternoon came to a close, Diane gave thanks to all the guests for supporting the occasion and for generously providing raffle prizes; to Gary O’Brien and his staff for an excellent meal and service, and to Fast Eddie for a fun afternoon of magnificent entertainment.
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon!!
Article and photographs by Barry Hewitt.