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Joy at Christmas party

HUNDREDS of elderly Bognor Regis residents enjoyed Christmas fun thanks to one of the town’s Rotary clubs.


More than 300 senior citizens were invited to the latest of the annual festive celebrations held by Bognor Regis Rotary Club.


They were welcomed with sherry and mince pies courtesy of the hosts at the Riverside Caravan Centre.


Peter Stemp, the club’s press officer, said: “They were then able to enjoy a show of some two hours.”


A rousing start was provided by the troupe from the Arabesque School of Dance & Drama who took the audience on a song-and-dance tour through the year.


This started with Auld Lang Syne, through April showers, summer holiday, harvest time, autumn leaves and on to Christmas – all with the customary excellence shown in previous concerts.


“This was a hard act to follow,” said Mr Stemp, “but we were delighted to welcome back comedian Christopher Gee, who rescued us at the last minute by offering his slot as the cruise on which he was due to perform was cancelled.


“He produced stand-up comedy, including an excellent range of amusing impressions, which all went down well with the audience.”


The Bognor Regis Community Choir, under its excellent conductor Emma Eberhardt, then provided a wide range of songs. Some were more well known than others but they were all presented with enthusiasm and expertise.


Ann Gristwood, the organist at St Thomas a’Becket Church in Pagham, accompanied the closing two sing-along Christmas carols.


Mr Stemp added: “Our thanks go to all concerned in helping, in particular, the management and staff of the Riverside Caravan Centre, who provided the venue and the mince pies and sherry.
“We look forward to another successful repeat next year.”

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