22nd ANNUAL REUNION
4th – 7th May 2018
After holding the last five Annual Reunions at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford, we moved to a new venue this year – the Novotel, Nottingham, conveniently situated just off the M1. A total of 114 members and their guests braved the Bank Holiday traffic and the “Smart Motorway” roadworks and a great weekend was enjoyed by all.
As with any new venture the weekend was not without a few glitches, and, as they say, “lessons will be learned” for next year. There was an art exhibition at the hotel over the same weekend, and because of that there were not enough tables available to display our Regalia goods, resulting in a potential loss of sales. Also the raffle prizes had to be stacked away in a corner of the bar until just before the Gala Dinner, rather than being on display for the whole weekend.
We all assembled in the bar for the pre-dinner wine reception. The manager John did a remarkable job with one arm in a sling following a fall down a manhole the previous week! All the glasses were set out to spell “RAF” – a nice little attention to detail. The dinner followed the usual format, and the Chairman’s Cup was presented to Founder Member Mike James for his service to the Association. The proceedings were concluded by the raffle, with the normal large selection of prizes obtained by Pat Holt during the twelve months since the previous Reunion, plus a few items donated on the night.
The two outings this year were to Lincoln and the Newark Air Museum on Saturday, and the Crich Tramway Museum on Sunday, replacing the advertised River Trent cruise as the boat company could not accommodate us.
At the AGM on Sunday morning there was a general feeling of satisfaction with the new venue and it was agreed that we should return there next year on the weekend after the bank holiday, the 10th – 13th May.
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