"Come as you were when the ship went down"
To celebrate Leap Year Day we decided to hold a themed night. Members were asked to imagine they were a passenger, or one of the crew, on a luxury cruise liner when the call went out, “Abandon Ship!”
Examples were given as to where they may have been: in the ballroom; in a fine dining restaurant; in the pool; making the beds; cooking or serving food; gambling in the casino or even captaining the vessel and they were asked to join in the fun by coming dressed as they would have been on that night.
During the refreshment interval, to keep our spirits up, members of the band, “Gill and One Shade of Grey" (Gill and David S) accompanied themselves with ukulele and tambourine as they sang "Achy Breaky Heart" with everyone joining in - Sara even line danced!
Julia and John kindly made the teas and coffees. Despite having to Abandon Ship Julia managed to save a spare dress!
Most dancers joined in with costumes ranging from crew members to first class passengers. Alan came as an engineer while Jann was having a shampoo and set in the beauty salon. David and Janet had only just started to undress so came with their top half in evening clothes and pyjama trousers! Joan had a French maid outfit, complete with garter, and Sue was a children’s nanny. The ship’s cook (Jacqui) bumped into two passengers (Angela and Cherie-Louise) who had a piece of wreckage to hang on to. Towards the end of the evening, we found a man dressed as a woman hoping to get into a lifeboat first! This turned out to be John in case the call was not “Women and Chairman first”!
Maggie and Joe Rosemary and Jeff Jann and Alan