Friday witnessed the annual presentation evening for the Meerkats.  After military planning it transpired the presentation evening had been scheduled the night before the Meerkat Cup Final – whoops!

Hey ho, stuff happens and you deal with it!

Everyone had been tasked by Major Michelle Clay in providing food, nibbles and other nicety’s and if you don’t know Michelle then you probably heard her during our match days.  Hats off to her for a tremendous effort in organising the food and ensuring that were all looking at it, than rather looking for it! However I will be eating buffet food for my lunches for the next week or 2!

A great turnout by the Meerkat cheerleaders and wannabes ensured that a great atmosphere was building. Our special guest for the evening Eve Littler who is now an honorary Meerkat turned up in her team colours, unfortunately it was Stokes colours. Eve plays for Stoke City and use to go the same school as Dave and I, well I definitely went to Norton Canes High but I thought Dave went to Borstal- but what do I know!! We approached Eve as we recognise that the girls need someone to aspire to, Eve ticks this box as not only is she local, she is also living proof that you can achieve your goals.

The evening kicked off with the Morecambe and Wise of the Meerkats (Dave and I) being MC’s for the evening.  Dave was great and seemed at home behind the Mic, maybe he should seek out a new vocation as a backing singer for a local band or summat!  We proceeded to describe our girls in the best way we could (honest) and called them up individually to collect their awards from Eve.

We had decided on 3 special awards to be given to the girls who have shown certain qualities:

Players player voted by all the Meerkats – awarded to Erin ‘The General’ Waddilove

Managers player voted by Dave (not me) – awarded to Eloise ‘The Engine’ Yates

Most Consistent player voted by Dave and I – awarded to Ellie ‘The Enforcer’ Parker

DJ’s Ant and Dec cranked up the volume and started spinning some vinyl which initially had no effect on the tough audience. However, a master touch of utilising the ‘Black Lace’ back catalogue – Agadoo, superman etc bought the masses to the dance floor.  A bit of cheese is loved by all! The masses congregated on the dance floor and began throwing some serious shapes.  There were 2 ladies who shall remain nameless who introduced a new dance that mimicked ‘scraping chewing gum / dog mess off their shoes’ dunno if it will catch on but its definitely a new one on me.  The good old ‘dad dancing’ was evident where they appeared to be dancing to a totally different song!!Moment of the evening though was when the classic ‘I’ve had the time of my life’ from Dirty Dancing was played which brought Mrs Sturch-Porter and dance partner to which performed a mesmerising rendition of the Swayze / Grey dance. Unfortunately, during several spins coupled with a few too many G&T’s caused Mrs Sturch-Porter to be dropped onto her hip – ouch – but very funny. Mrs Sturch-Porter was witnessed the following day at the Cup Final walking like she’d just gotten off a horse

Thanks to the Wyrley barstaff who provided a faultless service throughout the evening!

Meerkats + Eve

Meerkats + Eve

A great evening had by all! Watch out Blackpool!!

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