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Further celebrates in style at Somerleyton Hall!

14:34 on Mon, 23 Jul 2012 | 0 Comments

Retro Bus 1959

All aboard, all aboard...

Further was six last Friday, and to mark this prestigious occasion, the team were carted off to Somerleyton Hall on a vintage bus to celebrate in style. A day of sports and terribly British fun awaited us, and we were encouraged to come in costume. The fancy dress theme, of course, was ‘Best of British’ – a huge amount of effort was made, with a knight (Rob), a city banker (Liam) and a farmer/country dweller (Mark) in attendance. However, it was Emily dressed as Mary Poppins who stole the show with her stunning vintage-themed dress, complete with petticoats and bowler hat. She was a vision in white as she boarded the bus, but like many of the team, found herself covered in mud by 4pm.

Rob the Knight

Rob looks like he's going to make this a knight to remember...

Tea and scones, anyone?

The Further feast. Delicious!

The day started with lashing of Pimm’s, and a picnic-style feast. We were treated to plates of scones and finger sandwiches, which were greatly appreciated, and quickly demolished. After another round of Pimm’s, we were then sent outside and grouped into teams to compete in Sports Day activities. Amy Smith and Ray proved themselves to be competent sportswomen – however, overenthusiastic three-legged race runners such as Vicky and Mark struggled to make it over the finish line. Not many people mastered the sack race, despite rumours doing the rounds that it was easier if ‘small jumps’ were taken.

Quick! The Spice Girls have reformed!

The world's most unconvincing Spice Girls. Note Ben strutting his stuff whilst Chris berates him!

Hello, Mark!

Isn't Mark quite the charming gentleman?

After yet more Pimm’s, we were given the opportunity to play rounders, quoits, or explore the maze. The maze proved to be hugely popular, with certain members of the team choosing to hide behind corners to spook less-confident members of staff. A huge amount of fun was had by all, and the Further team regrouped for (yes, that’s right) more Pimm’s, and a prizegiving ceremony. Amy Smith was the team leader for winners ‘Little Britain’, and the crew of five walked away with a mammoth bottle of Pimm’s, which they have since promised to share. The day was a huge success, with much laughter and song in the coach on the way back to Norwich. Everyone agreed that the day had been a roaring success, and we’d like to thank Right Angle Events for taking such good care of us, and putting such a lot of hard work in. Having recovered from this year’s party, we’re now thinking about 2013 – suggestions on a postcard, please!


Emily in her costume

Here's Emily in her wonderful Mary Poppins costume!

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