The London Cornish Association’s 128th Anniversary Dinner was held, once again, at The Thistle Hotel in London. Sadly, numbers were somewhat depleted this year due partly to the excessively wet winter which caused terrible damage to the rail and road links with Cornwall. Nonetheless, those who managed to get to the event seemed to enjoy themselves.
A wonderful display of daffodils helped create a lovely Cornish atmosphere. These had, once again, been kindly donated by Cornish flower growers and their colour and scent reminded us of spring in the West Country.
Our Guest Speaker was Reverend Michaela Youngson, the LCA Chaplain. She talked, with affection, of the time she spent in Cornwall and used a piece of handmade coloured glass to represent the colours of the Cornish sea and landscape. The Principal Guest was Councillor Mrs Gillian Parsons, Mayor of Lostwithiel.
Before the meal, members and friends gathered for a ‘bit of chat’ over a pre-dinner drink. All agreed that this was a wonderful way to start the evening, as it gave people time to meet new people and catch up with old friends.