Our Dementia Club UK Outing to the Mikie Driver Variety lunch and show at the Wood Green Social Club was a great success on 14th February - Valentine’s Day.

It didn’t matter that the weather was cold and horrible as all the members had a very enjoyable time. Another group was expected but there was a problem and unfortunately they didn’t turn up. This didn’t matter however as it became a private Show for Dementia Club UK.

We first had lunch which was delicious. The slices of beef were generous and lots of gravy with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and peas and carrots. The additional condiments were also served – horseradish and mustard. The vegetarian option was also equally delicious. For pudding the chef made homemade cherry pie with custard which again was really delicious and lots of clean plates. On a cold day like today this was a very comforting lunch. Compliments to the Chef.

The Show then started and Mickie introduced Jackie Simmonds who was very glamorously dressed. Her duty during the afternoon was being the sound engineer but Mickie also told us the Jackie used to be a ‘tiller girl’ – she posed at the London Palladium on a revolving stage on Sunday evenings. Jackie then gave us a demonstration.

Mickie then started singing some musical favourites and was also joined with Annie Riley who had a love hearts dress on and sang beautifully. Everyone was singing and some members also were up dancing.

During the short interval the bar was open for anyone who wanted to buy any drinks and also ice creams. The ice creams were a real treat. The Show then resumed with a comedian – Bob Curtiss who made us all laugh with various jokes.

He was then followed by Mike Marandi who was absolutely amazing singing more musical favourites and also singing a couple of songs in Italian which pleased our Italian members.

A very enjoyable afternoon and big thanks to Mickie Driver and the other entertainers. We were sad to hear that the Wood Green Social Club which has been there for many years will unfortunately be closing soon as developers will be building housing on the site.