There were fleeting moments when I did wonder if we would be ready in time, but with a colossal effort from everyone we transformed the shed. We built all the kitchens, workshops, two of the beds, and a selection of table and chairs for everyone to see. The walls were adorned by swings and sledges which we suspended from the beams. It was certainly the best makeover I have seen in a long time.The shop was not excluded, it too received its fair share of pampering. Tables were removed so that guests could circulate more easily, and keep dry if it was a wet night. Toys were moved round so that the new ones that had come in could be easily admired. Goodie bags were filled with toys and either a pen or pencil as well as the leaflets from companies we endorse to be handed out to all the ladies.
Thursday lunch time saw Phil Braithwaite and his team setting up their display. They brought numerous trees, shrubs, cyclamens and some beautiful flower arrangements that could be ordered for Christmas. There was no turning back. By six o'clock all the companies were installed and set up ready for the off , excitement was building. It was setting in for a wet night, would anyone come? Thankfully a little water did not deter those brave, hardy souls who turned out.
Lewis and Coopers quenched our thirst with a choice of six wines, two red, two white, a delightful fizzy one and a dessert wine. There was also Christmas pudding and cake to absorb the alcohol. Roots warmed us with some mulled wine and olives. Nicky had a fantastic array of hats for any occasion. While Anita told us how best to do our makeup, and if we should need our outfit altering Louise was close at hand. In case the stress becomes too much Karen eases us on our way. Finally Jess provided us with stockings for the little ones to hang up.
It was fantastic to see so many new faces, and familiar ones. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the evening a success and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. Julie.