Another successful outing for the Knuts this year. As usual thanks go to Geoff Pearson for organizing the trip and to John Lynas for running the competitions.
The weather was good to us with temperatures of around 25° – 27° throughout.
The hotel, NH Marbella, was extremely good. Comfortable beds, for the time we actually spent in them, and excellent breakfasts. It was also located a five minute walk from the beach and 10 minutes to the nearest bar!
We played two courses: Santa Clara first, where the greens were rather poor to say the least. This was followed by Rio Real, which proved to be much better all round.
Winners of the silly trousers were Dylan O’Neill for day one, Philip McCrery day two and the overall winner was David Winning.
The Ross Park Hotel in Ballymena was chosen for the 2014 bash and a very good one it turned out to be.
A bus was laid on to transport us to and from the do so our evening started at the club for a couple of warmers into the bank. Amazingly enough there was no problem getting the group of some 50+ embarked on time. Or maybe they were just scared of Anne Clarke!
There was champagne, or non alcoholic punch if you like that kind of thing, served on arrival and a photographer to record proceedings – Well the early parts anyway. One does not really want a photographer recording all one’s antics!!
The service and meal, a proper vegetable soup followed by roast beef and a dessert, could not be faulted and the bar prices were reasonable. What more could one ask for a start to the main proceedings.
The group proved to be a great success so, by the time the bus arrived to ferry us home, we had danced our feet off.
Thanks to George Boyd, Anne Clarke and the organizers for producing a great evening all round.
Saturday 17 November brought another year nearer to it’s end with the GIGC Formal complete with a Masked Ball theme. Starting with champagne cocktails to get everybody in the mood we then moved in to dine.
David Alexander’s starters were a definite hit, Antipasti with a difference; Parma ham, salami, peppers, crusty bread and not a fork in sight! Main courses offered were Steak, Cod with a herb crust or Supreme of Chicken with root vegetables and potatoes to accompany. The sweet was a tiramisu. No complaints from our table! Rosie Hunter provided the music and before anybody knew it it was time to close the bar. As usual and excellent night out.
The jazz aficionado’s jazz band and veterans of genré, the Apex Jazz Band,were welcomed back by Greenisland Golf Club for another Sunday lunch engagement on Feb 12.
This is getting to be a habit and a fine excuse to forget cooking and washing up and enjoy David Alexander’s buffet and a bottle of vino collapso with all the old favourites playing in the background. The band was pretty good as well!
It is amazing how quickly 3 or 4 hours passes when in good company.
My thanks to David Graham for many of the photographs
Saturday 19 November brought the GIGC annual Formal Dinner Dance. One the shrinking number of occasions at which one can break out the black tie and drink too much in an orderly fashion.
As is usual the maximum number of participants had been reached within hours of the booking sheet going on the board. The reason is simple, guaranteed excellent food and Rosie Hunter providing the dance music.
We dully arrived at 7pm for the sherry reception and were fortunate to get a table in the corner before the bulk of the members arrived. There was a photographer from, I assume, the Carrickfergus Times to capture us for posterity, or something of that ilk.
We were called in to dinner at 7.30 and following a welcome from John Lecky, the Club Captain, Norman Walker said grace and dinner commenced.
As one would expect from David Alexander the meal was outstanding and finished with a selection of cheeses, of which to my mind the Stilton was away the best, and a glass of port. Memories of Sergeants Mess Dinners popped into my mind.
This left the Club Captain and Lady Captain, to take to the floor for the first dance. The great strength of Rosie Hunter is that she knows the music that will get the members on the floor, and keep them there. This is exactly what happened and the floor was fully occupied for the rest the night.
Due to licencing laws the bar closed at 1am and the company duly dispersed in various levels of euphoria. A great evening having been had by all.
Thanks to Margaret McKeen and Derek Cosby for the photographs
Unable to organize a Royal Wedding Street Party, due to the necessity of keeping the Upper Road open to traffic, the Social Committee plumbed for a Garden Party complete with the Downshire Brass Band and competitions for young and old.
We were welcomed with a glass of very Moorish Pimms, or Orange for the younger participants, on arrival. An excellent way to being a social Sunday afternoon.
This being Norn Iron all attending were encouraged to emit “positive waves” and banish the threatening rain clouds.
Sgt. Oddball would have been proud. Except for a couple of very minor attempts to spit a few drops the afternoon remained resolutely rain free.
There were plenty of games to keep the children occupied whist the adults indulged in their favourite pastime of talking golf and nonsense!
The chefs produced the usual high standard buffet lunch and then the serious business of judging the ladies hats began.
The Best Dressed Hat
I must admit that I cannot remember the exact categories but the Best Dressed hat was won by Rosemary Greer and the most amusing by Annie Walker (the fact that Norman was compere had no influence on this).
Golden Oldie Hat
The men’s competition was won by a ornamental Fez!
Needless to say, to avoid any distress, all the children were awarded a prize for their efforts
A smart Fez
The Children's competiton
Generally a most enjoyable afternoon was had by all.