SOC 50th Anniversary Dinner
There were 104 SOC members past and present at the Kings Head Hotel, Richmond to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the club. We entertained eight of the original committee members and Mike Fitzgerald, the very first SOC Chair, gave an entertaining and enlightening speech which expressed the feelings of many of us, that membership of SOC has had a big influence on our lives. The towering figure in those fifty years, in more ways than one, has been John Deighton. To express our gratitude to John and Maura and in recognition of the tremendous contribution they have made to SOC, we presented them with a framed picture and map of Swaledale.
Our thanks to Anne Wall for producing the magnificent birthday cake being cut by John and Maura. It displayed all of SOC’s activities, including those enjoyed indoors as well as outdoors. The Kings Head did us proud and contributed to the enjoyment of the evening which was rounded off by music from Fourum who performed especially because we are SOC.