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CLUB DAY 2001
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CLUB DAY MORNING
This year’s proceedings were shortened, with the usual afternoon of sports having to be cancelled as a result of foot and mouth disease. The day started with the Fancy Dress and parade from the Old Vicarage to the Westbury Inn, to the music of Wells City Band.

The parade was followed by the traditional roll call and award of the fancy dress prizes at the Westbury Inn, followed by the Church service led by Alistair Glanvile, and lunch in the Village Hall.

CLUB DAY LUNCH
Throughout lunch, the chairman sat next to an empty seat, as guest speaker Bill Parkin had not arrived. Increasingly frantic mobile phone calls failed to obtain any news of his whereabouts, and the chairman eventually had to begin his speech by explaining that it was beginning to look as though there would be no speaker this year. After a few minutes, he was interrupted by a clattering at the door, followed by the entry of a heavily bearded figure wearing shorts, a hat with a bird flapping its wings perched on it, and a musical ruck-sack playing The Happy Wanderer.

On arrival at top table, he stripped off his beard, and a loud cheer went up as everyone realised that ‘Bill Parkin’ was none other than Westbury’s own master cabaret artiste Malcolm Harding. He went on to entertain the audience with tales of his travels from t’north, and an array of hats, each individually tailored to suit particular members of the audience. The chairman was greatly relieved that months of being economical with the truth about the identity of this year’s speaker, and the months of preparation by ‘Bill Parkin’ were rewarded with a performance that many considered to be the best Club Day speech ever. So a very big thank you to Malcolm Harding, and to ‘Mrs Parkin’ for putting up with his getting up in the middle of the night with new ideas for yet another hat design.

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