As I write this, the streets are clearing of ghouls and gremlins and the witching hour of Halloween is fast approaching. I love Halloween – the community feel of the holiday, the children’s excitement – and the sweeties obviously. While we didn’t celebrate the holiday on the 31st this year – we did things a little differently and joined Gail and Ste in celebrating their 35th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday the 29th instead!
The night was obviously fancy dress themed – from Zombie Brides to Death himself, the club which housed the anniversary bash was filled to the brim with the dastardly and wicked. Me, Mike and the children met Gill of Gilliblogs when we got there and the fun began! We had focused more on the children’s costumes this year – Tris attending as the Joker from Suicide Squad, Megan as a Skeleton Queen masquerading as Samara from The Ring – but myself and Mike still had fun with the makeup box as you can see.
I adore the photograph of myself and Gill – I don’t make friends easily, and Gill really has been a rock while I transitioned from Bradford to Newton-le-Willows. From day-dates to Starbucks to visits to local treasures, I don’t think I could have settled as easily as I have without her. I tell her this a lot, so she’s pretty used to me singing her praises but she really is a gem! We had a ball dancing with Megs, and I’m sure my rendition of my childhood favourite ‘Timewarp‘ won’t go forgotten!
The entertainment for the night was provided by local band King Monday, who I highly recommend. From old favourites to some fresher injections of modern hits, nobody was disappointed. Even Megs, who sat with her Skeleton Queen fingers firmly in her ears for the first half of the performance perked up during ‘I Predict A Riot’ where she punished myself and Gill with a gruelling dance routine of ‘bounce bounce bouce repeat’.
After a plentiful buffet, the disco and karaoke began – unfortunately that’s when the sugar crash hit and we decided enough was enough for the night.
Gail and Ste were celebrating their 35th Anniversary, and I’m so glad everyone could be there to celebrate with them – friends and family alike. They didn’t want presents as Gail said; “What can we possibly want these days?” so instead asked for donations to the local branch of the charity MENCAP in order to get them a holiday to Disneyland. I think that’s pretty darn amazing and they truly need a mention here today.
The happiest of Anniversaries to you both, and cheers to the years ahead we all get to share alongside you!
The club itself was Earlestown Conservative Club (17-19 Earle Street, Newton-Le-Willows WA12 9LW, contact: 01925 224135or to view on Google please click here) which houses a good sized function room and is situated opposite Tesco in the town in range of parking and public transport links. THIS CLUB IS NOW CLOSED (2017 update).
This post has been reposted from last year, as part of my 2017 Blogtober Series!