The Choir Fun Day on 18 May switched to a different venue this year and was judged a great success. Holding it at Mountbatten School was judged to be more convenient – the adults could enjoy a glass or three and then stagger home rather than drive – and the facilities proved to be in no way inferior to those previously offered at Roke Manor.

We had, as ever, been, kept on tenterhooks by the weather. Temperatures had soared two days earlier to levels not enjoyed since the previous August and the maxim ‘Two fine days and a thunderstorm’ appeared likely to apply once again. On this occasion, however, the storms broke out further West and the clouds were dispersing by the time we gathered.

An early casualty of the day was Nicolas McQuitty, taken to hospital with an injury to his wrist. He later returned, his arm plastered and put into a sling – and not only took to the rounders field but finished as Man of the Match for bowling and then taking a catch one-handed. What a star! Who could also forget the sight, though, of Jeff Williams hitting out and then running a rounder whilst smoking his pipe?

The catering was up to its usual standards. A letter sent out by Niki Taylor and Ann Prowse asking people to bring cakes ensured that we had far more that everybody could eat, although selling them at coffee after the following morning’s Service took care of the surplus. The barbecue, ably tended by Ian Taylor and others, kept the evening chill at bay.