Roving with Ray
by Ray Roberts

Saturday the 22nd of May saw us arriving at Tynemouth for the British Ring IBM Presidentís dinner. We checked into the Grand hotel, which had just been refurbished and made the ideal venue.

The dinner was set for seven thirty so after meeting the first lady of magic and her consort Betty Laing we drank our complementary bucks fizz and enjoyed meeting old friends before being ushered into the dining room by John Pye who was resplendent in his red tails. Once in the room we were captivated by the breathtaking view across the bay. After the presentation of flowers John had the unenviable job of asking all present to stand in silence in memory of our secretary Tony Shelley whose untimely death has shocked us all. Cynthia said grace and we sat down to an excellent meal, which was served by a proficient staff. The meal over the short but effective speeches was given. Proposing the toast to the British Ring was in the hands of our PRO Bob Hayden, the response was by Cynthia who also proposed a toast to guests and visitors, which in turn was responded to by Jean Ainley in rhyme.

After a short interval raffle tickets were sold and the cabaret started with one of the North Eastís best known comedians Bobby Pattinson who proved he had lost none of his charm, skill and charisma that had made him a household name and provided him an excellent living all his life. Robert Temple is a young man who loves his magic and it shows. His act consisted of candles, thimbles, and cards with a lovely linking ring routine thrown in for good measure. Dave Andrews was simply excellent aided and abetted by Jessica they tore the audience apart with the six-card repeat and lots of cross talk, for me it was worth the cost of the whole weekend. Dave Brown is a clown with out make up but never the less a clown. He is excellent and within seconds he had won the audience over and was on his way to making his act the ideal closer for the show. Bobby said his good byes and a lovely night was almost over, the raffle was drawn and Cynthia thanked every one for supporting her and the British Ring.

© Ray Roberts, June 2004