|It seems that almost without fail, every time we hold this annual event the weather is kind to us.
So it was again this year as our regular members arrived in their club cars, not only welcomed by the neighbours who live adjacent to the Sir Henry Royce's previous home in Elms Lane, West Wittering, but allowing us to use their driveways to park up our cars whilst we attended the memorial service. The service this year was led by the Reverend Bruce Holben, who had obviously boned up on the history of Sir Henry, and enlightened us on several lesser known aspects of his life.
The writer would like to claim responsibility for organising, right on time, a flypast of a Merlin-engined Spitfire, which is based in Goodwood airfield, but to be honest I can't - it was sheer luck that it appeared. At £137.50 per minute it would be out of my event budget.
Immediately after the service Jackie Gray invited everyone back to her home, which is next door to 'Elmstead', Sir Henry's one-time home, a continuation of a very welcome tradition started by David Gray, her late husband, and former Chairman of the Central Southern Section. Here we partook of some libations and a delightful selection of very tasty nibbles.
After the gathering at Jackie's home we filed out and made our way to our favoured memorial event restaurant, Crouchers Hotel, where we all enjoyed a splendid lunch, albeit somewhat delayed by a necessary visit from a paramedic for one of our members who, unfortunately, was taken ill, probably as a result of overheating whilst enjoying the buffet. Although sadly missing lunch, he fully recovered after some treatment and was allowed to go home. Hats off to the paramedics for their very swift arrival, followed by swift diagnosis and remedy.
Chris Tween - Section Chairman