A Magic Day for Martlets
PUBLISHED: 16:29 15 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 20 February 2013
Worthing's Windsor Hotel provided the regal setting for Josephine Blake's birthday to raise vital funds for Martlets Hospice in Hove.
Words and pictures by Lulu Larkin, Sue Smith and Susan Starr.
Worthings Windsor Hotel provided the regal setting for Josephine Blakes birthday to raise vital funds for Martlets Hospice in Hove.
Co-proprietor of her family-run fruit and vegetable business, Greenacres of Shoreham, leading light of the Max Miller Appreciation Society, former Bluebell Girl, muse to Picasso, patron of the arts and Barry Manilow aficionado, Jo is regarded as one of the kindest women youll ever meet and the best friend you could ever have.
With typical generosity, Jo asked for no presents but requested that discretionary donations be made to the hospice. Accepting a cheque for 1,055 Antonia Shepherd, Martlets events manager, said she was delighted that Jo has chosen to support us while celebrating her special birthday and without this vital help, we couldnt provide the necessary support for patients and their families. Thank you.
An afternoon of mayhem, madness and frivolity ensued. Peter Wentworth, the Mile High Magician, performed his how-did-he-do-that? (answer: very well) prestidigitations before helping geriatric rapster, Ida Barr, to her bunioned feet for a surreal game of bingo with Poundland prizes.
Sporting surgical stockings and a pair of velcroed slippers, Ida persuaded the normally-shy guests into performing the hokey cokey before leading them in a giant conga through the hotel and gardens.
Manager Bill Hawkins said of the party afterwards, Therell never be another. There certainly wont. Jos one of a kind. Happy birthday to her and best wishes to everyone at Martlets.