Ann and Allan’s ‘Social Event of the Season Lunches’ hailed a social triumph

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Ren Lexander, Tony Portman, Archie Dunlop, Marnie Kregor, Michael Todd-White and Allan Riddell.
Ren Lexander, Tony Portman, Archie Dunlop, Marnie Kregor, Michael Todd-White and Allan Riddell.

The third of Ann and Allan’s ‘Social Event of the Season Lunches’ was held at Bruno’s Restaurant on Friday 8th March and was an enormous success.

Originally the brain child of Ann Ensell and Allan Riddell, the lunches have proved to be very popular.

Gino Bonetti, Ann Ensell and Tim Watton.
Gino Bonetti, Ann Ensell and Tim Watton.

“We enjoy bringing a varied collection of individuals together, from all areas of society,” said Ann. “Our aim is to enjoy good food and enable the interaction and the forging of new friendships and acquaintances through light conversation.”

The guest of honour for the March luncheon was 96 year old Archie Dunlop. In all, 21 individuals attended, including the wonderful Managing Director, Publisher of Pattaya Mail, Peter Malhotra. It was no doubt the best to date!

The conversations initiate in the bar half an hour before the lunch begins.

“We tend to restrict table numbers to 6 or 7 people. This enables everyone to be able to converse. Ann makes out a table plan and name cards, so it is unlikely that partners will be seated together,” explained Allan. Social interaction is also helped along by the swapping of seats between the main course, desert and coffee.

The next of Ann and Allan’s ‘Social Event of the Season Lunches’ is planned for September. Ann will start sending invitations out about a month beforehand.

Ann and Allan would like to thank everyone who came for their support. They would also like to thank Fredi Schaub and the staff of Bruno’s for all their hard work, which helped make it such an enormous success.

Pat Glynn, Ray Woods and Ben Hansen.
Pat Glynn, Ray Woods and Ben Hansen.
Maureen Stachan, Les Edmunds, Anne Smith and Lou Dupuis Chen.
Maureen Strachan, Les Edmunds, Anne Smith and Lou Dupuis Chen.
Judith Edmunds, Barbara Erickson, David Wordsworth and Laurent Dupuis.
Judith Edmunds, Barbara Erickson, David Wordsworth and Laurent Dupuis.
Ann and Allan’s friends gather for a fun group photo.
Ann and Allan’s friends gather for a fun group photo.