The day had been sunny and pleasantly warm for December but, as night fell, a seasonal chill descended over the countryside under a starlit, clear but moonless sky.
In the darkness, the lights of the Salón Canor Banqueting Suite in Teulada shone out like a beacon for the 218 people all heading for its welcoming warmth. For tonight was the great finale to the 10th Anniversary year celebrations of the Moraira-Teulada U3A – the Christmas Dinner Dance.
As guests wended their way inside the venue any onlookers would have marvelled at the way the lights were reflected by the sparkle of the ladies’ dresses. How glamorous they all looked and the number of dinner jackets, both black and white, sported by the gentlemen, completed the wonderful sight.
On stepping inside, members were invited to enjoy a welcoming glass of cava before meeting up with friends old and new in the festive atmosphere. The dining tables had been beautifully laid with crisp white napery and sprinkled with tiny Christmas decorations, all adding to the spirit of the occasion. Everyone soon found their allotted seat and after the President, David Haxon, had formally welcomed them to the event, settled down to enjoy the sumptuous meal which was to follow. Table service was swift and unobtrusive, delivering three very tasty tapas before the main courses arrived to be followed by delicious desserts, all washed down with wine or soft drinks.
As soon as everyone had eaten their fill, the entertainment of the evening began in the shape of Ges Rogers’ Union Gap who entertained the assembly with their spirited renderings of popular music from the sixties and seventies. The dance floor was soon crowded with energetic dancers, keen to make the most of a splendid occasion.
Carriages were at midnight and by that bewitching hour members were ready to drive off into the night remembering with immense satisfaction the splendid evening they had all enjoyed. Warm thanks to the Social Events Officer, Tony Old, who had organised such a grand event and who must have slept soundly that night in the knowledge of a job well done. He is certainly due a visit from Santa for all his efforts.
Review by Rosemary Sheppard, Photos by Jan Adams & Paul Sankey