As the social representative for our University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society, I had the fun task of arranging, with the rest of the committee, this year’s first ever ‘Grand Dinner’.
Following a true Gilbert and Sullivan theme, we used a Grand Duke pun: the dinner was entitled ‘The Grand Dinner or the Statutory Meal’.
The dinner was based on a Burns Supper, with addresses to the Lassies and the Laddies. I had the pleasure of giving the latter address – but I tried not to be too mean to the men of the society! The addresses were followed by appropriate songs; the Sausage Roll song and Merrily ring the luncheon bell respectively.
It was a wonderful affair in All Saints Church Hall, with guest speaker Linda Ormiston – renowned mezzo-soprano and leading lady of the Gilbert and Sullivan and opera world – giving a fantastic Immortal Memory to the operetta duo.
Let’s hope we continue the tradition next year!