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Coronation Indoor Street Party

The Vall del Pop U3A celebrated the King's coronation early and in style with a fabulous indoor street party on Thursday 4th May at the Polivalent in Murla.

Members were greeted on arrival by wonderful tunes, played by Bill White on his keyboard, both rousing and entertaining, whilst enjoying coffee and biscuits. The venue was festively adorned with bunting, flags and balloons in red, white and blue.

The Goodwill team had a pre-loved stall and a plant sale for members to enjoy, with lots of gorgeous plants on offer which were soon snapped up by members.

After a brief formal meeting we then enjoyed a sumptuous buffet, kindly provided by all members who brought a dish to share. There were some amazing cakes, savouries and treats and members were able to enjoy several visits to the table, such was the quantity of food on offer. It really was an impressive spread and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed.

The U3A Let's Sing Together group then entertained with five lovely songs, including Andante Andante, Hallelujah, Sweet Caroline and a special Coronation song written by one of the group's members. It was lovely to see many members joining in with the singing.

This was followed by a very interesting and informative presentation on Gin by a guest speaker, Paula Blumsveld, with a fun quiz after with some prizes for the lucky winners.

Christine Brazier then kindly judged the best crown competition, which members had creatively made for the occasion. There were so many fantastic creations it was a difficult task but finally six winners were awarded prizes. Some of the crowns even rivalled the one King Charles will wear on Saturday, such was the talent and detailing!

A free raffle was then drawn with ten super prizes including a truly fabulous floral display by Christine Brazier in red, white and blue. Thank you so much to everyone who donated prizes.

Cava was then served to accompany patriotic songs sung by everyone including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, the Spanish National Anthem played by Bill White on the keyboard, and the British National Anthem. Bob Welham made a toast to King Charles with three rousing cheers and lots of flag waving throughout and it was a wonderfully patriotic atmosphere.

Sandra Welham and Paul Corazzo presented a superb narration with photos of the King's life with interesting anecdotes. The party ended with members taking home goodies from the buffet to enjoy at home.

It was a very special celebration and it was lovely that so many members attended and participated. We hope you enjoy the rest of the Coronation festivities.

Article by Paula Heffron
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