The brethren from the Ormskirk and Bootle Group, who were accompanied by their wives and many guests met at Maghull Town Hall. This was asocial night and took the form of a cabaret, with an artiste called Julia Martin providing the excellent entertainment, with her act as Dolly Parton. Julia was dressed completely in character as ‘Dolly’ and with more than half of the audience arriving in various forms of Country and Western attire, helping to set the theme and mood for the night.
In attendance for the evening wasthe Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Graham Chambers, who was accompanied by his wife Anne and also group vice chairman Malcolm Alexander. Once everyone had taken their seats Graham warmly welcomed everyone to the evening saying that he hoped that everyone would have a very enjoyable evening. A buffet was provided which was a choice of either ‘Scouse Pie’ or curry which was followed by apple pie andice cream.The excellent buffet had been prepared and served by O’Brien’s, who are the caterers at Ormskirk Masonic Hall.
After the tables had been cleared following the buffet, Julia Martin came onto the stage to perform the first of her two sets,with her looking like and dressed as Dolly Parton .She performed many of Dolly’s hits, but unfortunately during her first set Julia had a slight accident, as she was exiting the stage whilst wearing exceptionally high heels to walk amongst the audience during one her numbers,she stumbled on the steps coming down from the stage and badly sprained her right ankle.Even though everyone could tell that Julia was in considerable pain and in difficulty, she carried on like a true professional.
During a break in the entertainment, a raffle with many prizes to be won was held, which raised £295.After the raffle was completed,group chairman Graham thanked everyone for attending and supporting the event, the Maghull Town Hall bar staff, the DJ,and O’Brien’s for the meal.He also gave special thanks to the group’s social committee for an excellent night and for all their hard work in putting the evening together, commenting on the magnificent job they had all done.
With the break being over, Julia returned to the stage for her second set, singing many more of Dolly’s hits and with much audience participation including some even joining her on the stage. Immediately after Julia’s act had finished a nurse in the audience, Sarah Gibson, bandaged Julia’s ankle for the journey home. It was understood that Julia was to go straight to her local A & E department the following morning and was later found that Julia had apparently ruptured her Achilles tendon.
Many remained after Julia’s performance with the disco starting, with the dance floor soon filling up with many dancing till midnight.The happy revellers then left for their homes after having a good time in a really friendly and nice atmosphere amongst friends.