A cheap night out at the castle

Last week it was once again time for Billy’s cricket club‘s annual dinner at Langley Castle and as we’d paid for the tickets a while back, and there was a free bus to take us there and back, we decided to go and have a relaxing evening out and just enjoy. Billy wore his trusty suit and I wore a dress I’ve worn before but teamed it up with winter white this time, as I’d worn black with it last time.

The food was beautiful as ever, and in fact Billy and I both anticipated leaving the starter as it really wasn’t something we liked – but we polished off every scrap and loved it! It was pea and ham soup – a vivid green soup with ham hock sitting in the middle and half a boiled quail’s egg to top it off. The main course was roast beef and accompaniments and the dessert a pear tart with ice cream. I could only manage half of my main and dessert so Billy had to finish them off for me (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it 😉 )

After the meal the Mayor congratulated the club on the 1st team winning the league and the league knock-out cup, and the 2nd team coming runners-up in their league and league knock-out cup. The individual prizes were well received and warmly congratulated and the guest speaker seemed to amuse everyone satisfactorily so the evening was as successful as the club’s season had been I think 🙂

It was a much smaller gathering than it’s been in previous years but still enough people to make for good company. However there were little signs of the economic times – no little party favours for the ladies, no drink on arrival, smaller than usual wine glasses, and so on, so the pinch is being felt everywhere. When it came to time to buy raffle tickets, Billy happened to have a £1 coin to hand so we bought just the one strip of tickets and to our delight, won a case of 6 bottles of wine (3 red, 3 white) which will do us nicely for Christmas 🙂

We were ready to leave by the time the bus came to pick us up but we were very glad we’d been able to go.

Hexham Leazes Cricket Club website

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