Three competitors lined up at the start line for the Club’s Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests at the NBC on 22 September.
Miriam Selwyn got the Humorous Speech contest off with a bang by recalling her experience of US border control. She was followed by Jonathan Worth describing his less than successful attempt at following fellow member Ty Harvey’s homemade pizza recipe. But it was Tony Fasulo who broke the tape in first place with his cautionary tale about his wife’s shopping habits (‘Danger – do not approach!’). Jonathan finished runner-up.
Humour contestants Tony, Miriam and Jonathan
Club Treasurer Jenny Chalmers set the Topics question – The good fairy has granted you one wish: what would it be? Delving into folklore and mythology, Lynette Hill would like to meet a red dragon. Jonathan, recovering quickly from his pizza disaster, wanted long life and happiness to enable him to travel. Trisha Page, taking her cue from the blue suede shoes she was wearing, would travel back in time to meet Elvis at Graceland. It was Elvis – sorry, Trisha – who topped the charts, with Lynette at No 2.
Topics contestants Tricia, Lynette and Jonathan
Contest chair, John Dale, helped to make the contestant interviews almost as entertaining as the contests. Jim Reynolds (North Bucks Speakers) led the judging panel, comprising Rose Marie and Ian Calder (Vale Speakers), Emmanuel Bolade and Ian Haynes. They were assisted by vote counters Susi Jensen and Monet McGee, and timekeepers Mary-Ann Avotri and Patience Clottey. Special thanks to Jim, Rose Marie and Ian for their support.
Both winners and runners-up go through to the Area contests at Cranfield at the end of September.
Area contest results: Eldergate members all performed well but were not placed in the Top 3… except congratulations to Dave Minzey who finished second in the Humourous Speech contest, in his alter ego as a member of Bedford Speakers.