50th Anniversary Event
To Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Teesside Branch, we held a special event on 11th October 2008.

The event gave members and their partners a chance to socialise

The audience enjoying a joke

All photographs by : John Ellis
Forty-five members, guests and friends from other branches gathered together in St Augustine’s Church Hall, Kirkby-in-Cleveland to celebrate the first 50 years of the founding of Teesside Branch of the BCSS. Other invited friends sent their apologies for their absence, including the founding secretary, Tom Lavender.

Friends/members of Teesside Branch

Friends/members of Teesside Branch


Friends/members of Teesside Branch

Friends/members of Teesside Branch

A very entertaining afternoon began with an illustrated talk by Paul Hoxey about his adventures in Peru.

Paul Hoxey setting up his talk

The audience enjoying a joke

This was followed by the ceremonial sharing of a celebration cake, made and elaborately decorated by Louie Walker. Alasdair Glen, Vice Chairman of the BCSS, gave a short speech and then made the first cut.

The anniversary cake

Alasdair Glen cutting the cake

After the drawing of the raffle, the enjoyable event was concluded with afternoon tea.

Selling raffle tickets

The raffle prizes


Drawing the raffle

Part of the buffet tea


Graham and Alasdair at tea time

Betty and Marie in the kitchen

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