Our Legends Luncheon on Friday was an amazing success.
Here are the people who made it a great day:
Trevor Roberts and the wonderful Barbara Roberts, Big Den Grover, Mister and Missus Kevin Stack (hyphenated) Neale, Bob Downs (ankissmyass), Ellen Krueger, Madam Marianne Hunn, The Flacks, Helen and Jack (Globetrotters), Tony Fitzsimmons, Ian (handbinder and sportsman) Pedler, Geoffrey (Giraffe) Michell, Karl ‘Charlie’ Korff,and Ruth, David and Thelma Korff, ‘Happy’ Ray Belt, Alex ‘Toff’ Riley, Rod ‘Honky Tonk’ Parham, Rob and Wendy Powell, Victor Potticary, Conrad and Norma Rogers, Eunice Wright, Keith (Oko) Oxley, Michael (Undertaker) Burnett, Marilyn and David Harding, Brian ‘Grubby’ Hartshorne. Who did I miss?
Special Thoughts went out to Jyll Watson, Ian Grunert and the others of us who are not feeling too well at this time.
A ridiculous dispute over Alex Riley not sweeping up some flame tree leaves off the pavement outside the Old Government Printing Office in King William Road some 54 years ago has been finally settled.
On the one hand we had a snotty nosed apprentice Alex (the Toff) claiming that Brian (Grubby) Hartshorne (Senior Apprentice) had set him up by scattering flame tree leaves on the pavement after Alex had supposedly cleaned them up.
Alex got into trouble with the Government Printer, Les (The Bull) Hawes who had screamed at Alex and accused him of being an incompetent lazy idiot and what’s more a Liar.
All which was true, of course
Grubby Hartshorne denied any involvement in the flame tree incident and continued to do so for the next 54 years.
This incident has given Alex thousands of sleepless nights whilst Grubby has gone on blissfully unaware of the pain he may or may not have inflicted on the now 70+ year old Toff.
And then after over 54 years of cowardly silence and inaction Alex finally fronted Brian at an Old Guv Legends Luncheon.
Brian being the happy go lucky bloke that he is finally owned up about his guilt, by saying. YES, I DID IT!
So the two aging men finally shook hands.
Oh, What a Lovely Little Boring Story about a bruised Toff’s Ego.