Skool Dinners Night
They say that your School Days are the ‘Best Days of Your Life’ and the “Skool Dinners Night” at New Mills Golf Club on Saturday certainly came close to that. A night of pure nostalgia, fun and fabulously cooked SKOOL DINNERS.
So, Pigtails; Check, School Skirt; Check, Straw Hat; Check, Black tights: Check – OK so that is Mr Captain dressed and ready to line up waiting for that bell to ring and the fun to begin! It was great to see that people had really gotten into the spirit of the evening and made a real effort to dress up (have a look at the photos and weep!! Thanks to Brian Southworth for taking on the role of official photographer for the evening).
Ali B provided the nostalgic sounds and encouraged us all to request the songs we remember from our school days. These pure gems got everyone in the mood as we strutted our stuff on the dance floor. Ahhhh The Jam, Blondie, The Bay City Rollers and Michael Jackson, with a bit of ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ thrown in, to name just a few - they were all there, bringing those memories flooding back.
John & Liz (steward and stewardess) had thought of everything to ensure that this evening was a roaring success; their attention to detail was second to none, from the authentic food choices to the little touches such as the HEADMASTER with his school bell and the Blackboard. Heck, we even had an Exam and a spelling test! Our table (Mr Captain’s Team) came top of the class and won the Champers & chocolates (Teachers Pets or what!!). And honest Sir, we didn’t crib off the next table, honest! Paper planes were flying between tables and a couple of naughty boys brought catapults! But I couldn’t possibly say who they were!
Before the class became too unruly we were all called over for a class photo and it really did feel like the ones we used to have taken at school – lots of jostling, little ones at the front sat cross legged! Looks pretty good too!!
After a bit of boogying on down, the Bell rang to announce that Dinner was being served. We dutifully lined up, table by table of course! We were treated to a menu of Cheese & Onion Pie, Stew & Dumplings, Meat Balls, Fish Fingers, toad in the hole and Pasta (ooooh never had pasta at our Comprehensive, so this was a posh school this was!!) all served with chips or mash. For pudding we had a choice of Rainbow Jelly (err with a bit of vodka thrown in for good measure) & Ice Cream, Rice Pudding & jam, Chocolate Pudding and Rhubarb Crumble & Custard. I know my memory isn’t as good as it used to be, but our school dinners were never as good as this! (I wish Liz had been our school cook).
Lots more dancing followed and I honestly don’t know where the time went!
The whole evening was an extremely relaxed affair with everyone just enjoying the atmosphere. This was a great night where we just let our pigtails down, and enjoyed a fabulous entertaining evening and on this occasion it was a pity that we DIDN’T GET DETENTION!
Photos kindly provided by Brian Southworth..