Members of the South Eastern Group were well entertained at a Sportsman’s Evening on Friday 13 April at Urmston Masonic Hall, organised by group assistant secretary Eddie Wilkinson and group charity officer Darren Gregory.
The evening commenced with an excellent three course meal provided by the hall chef Perrin, where the drinks seemed to flow with little restraint and a generally good-humoured atmosphere developed.
Confusingly, the guest who was originally advertised as Malcolm Lord a former footballer for Norwich City, turned out to be Malcolm Lord, a former BBC Sports Correspondent and Secretary of Rochdale Hornets Rugby League Club who had not played football professionally at all!
Following the meal, the evening continued in a style which would pervade throughout with group chairman David Durling introducing the guest, roundly blaming the confusion on the assistant secretary, but rather brutally stating that he was not particularly bothered because the guest was ‘cheap’.
Malcolm acknowledged the plaudits from David with commendable restraint and laying claim to being the only sit-down comedian on account of his being in a wheelchair. Malcolm launched into a very humorous and obviously well-rehearsed series of autobiographical tales, fables and jokes all of which were, despite more than a few being a little ‘off colour’, uproariously well received by the brethren.
The evening was rounded off with a chaotic game of bingo which was unprintably titled by Malcolm but involved all those taking part in initially standing until one by one, their numbers were called out which was met with cries of ‘dismay’ thereby earning the game its title with the last person left standing winning the prize. This was followed by two auctions, one for a football signed by the current Manchester City team and one for a signed photograph of the ill-fated Busby Babes.
All in all, a thoroughly good time was had by all who attended, the raffle raised £312, the bingo £123, the auctions £250 and as a whole the evening raised £790 towards the MCF 2021 Festival which was a very commendable result and should go a long way towards ensuring the South Eastern Group achieve Grand Patron status.