Summer Clachan: June 1st – The Blind Beggar
A lovely warm June evening provided the perfect climate for almost 50 Old Friends to gather in the garden of the famous Blind Beggar Public House on the Whitechapel Road.
Outside this pub, William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army had delivered his first public address. It was Ronnie Kray famously walking up to his rival George Cornell and shooting him in the forehead that cemented its place in history. Believe it or not there was no-one in the pub who was able to pick Ronnie out in the subsequent police line-up!
Prior to the Clachan your committee was delighted to approve applications from 22 new members. This is a record intake. It reinforces the value of the networking and fellowship that the Society of Old Friends has offered for more than a century.
Your President, David Langdown thanked the members for their wonderful support. He also reminded them that annual subs, which were held at £60 for this year, are now due. If you haven’t paid yours yet, please do so, ideally by BACS transfer with your name as the reference. Thanks to Old Friend Mike James for organising the Clachan. And congratulations to Old Friends Steve Harrop and Trish Smith who won the raffle prizes.