Steve Dannell and Paul Darby triumphed overall when ABC rounded up 11 full tables for its first blue-pointed face-to-face all day extravaganza since BC – Before Covid.
“What a really pleasant day it was,” said Paul. “It was lovely to see so many people supporting the event!”
Congratulations are also due to runners-up Mervyn Scutter and Bryony Seppings - and an extremely honorable mention for third-placed Val Bobbins and Jan Pooley.
Val fitted in playing bridge between organising a little light lunchtime catering, grace of Mr Waitrose’s finest offerings and willing assistance on the day from daughter-in-law Amy.
“ It was just so lovely to see the room buzzing again and we had a great day”, said Val.
Amy recently suffered from breast cancer and, now she is in remission, gave a short talk about her fundraising for the charity Little Lifts, which provides boxes of morale-boosting treats for patients undergoing treatment.
Big thank you also to Graham Ware for directing and keeping the day running so smoothly and to Neil Tracey for sorting out the movement and keeping score.
And, she was far too modest to mention it, but biggest thank you of all to the usually unsung hero Barbara Baker who was the inspiration behind the event and, as all too often, did more than her fair share to make it happen!