SOE Events

Celebrating 50 years

17th Dec 2015
North London

(left to right) Centre committee member Clito Paschali, Molly Woodhead, former centre hon. treasurer Simon Woodhead, centre chair Paul Arber, centre vice chair Roger Ayres, Maria Paschali.

The IRTE North London Centre celebrated its 50th birthday recently, and marked the occasion with a dinner dance at the Hilton Hotel in Watford, North London.

The event, held on 14 November 2015, was enjoyed by over 100 guests who enjoyed a four course dinner with cabaret and dancing to live music. SOE president Shaun Stephenson and managing director Ian Chisholm, along with members of SOE staff, also took part in the celebrations, and the evening also featured a raffle which raised £1,000 for London’s Air Ambulance.

“The centre held annual dinner dances up until 2007 when the recession started to adversely affect the industry,” explained centre chair Paul Arber. “We could not let this important milestone pass without marking it with a revival of a dinner dance, and I am delighted we had support from the Society.”

The North London Centre had good reason to celebrate in 2015; in addition to celebrating 50 years since it was founded, it was named Region of the Year at the SOE Lunch held in October.

“The Region of the Year award is a tribute to the dedication of loyal committee members, past and present,” said Paul, who on the night also presented former hon. treasurer Simon Woodhead with an inscribed decanter in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the centre.

“l would like to thank all who supported the event, with particular thanks to John Arnold Commercials, MAN Truck UK, and all who contributed raffle prizes for this worthy cause,” said Paul. “Arranging events of this nature is challenging to say the least, but to see people enjoying the evening makes it all worthwhile.”

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