the past seven months, the White
Lion Inn at Wilton had become a place of conspiracy.
A place where secret meetings, telephone calls and conversations
have taken place and, shock! Horror! money taken from the
how suspicious all this may sound, however, the goings on
were not in the least bit sinister. You see, Landlord, Dave
Newman will be 50 on 28th October and despite his protests
of 'I don't want a fuss,' plans for a surprise party got
underway and Dave's birthday was well and truly celebrated
last Saturday evening. The party was arranged early as Jacqui
is taking Dave on holiday for his actual birthday and apart
from that, Dave would have verily twigged what was going
had been led to believe that White Lion regular, Sue was
holding a surprise 50th birthday party for her friend Andrea.
All rooms were booked out for Andrea's family. In view of
the number of expected guests, Dave made a note in the diary
that normal food service would not be taking place that
evening. Later on in the plan, Sue 'paid' Dave a £200
deposit for Andrea's party and you can only imagine the
kerrching! in his eyes as he readily accepted the cash,
which he found out later Jacqui had taken from his own till!.
Dave was told the party was actually for him, he was more
than surprised. The shock of how much his party had cost
him sent him reeling. Jacqui pointed out however, that the
pain of spending that much money was far less than the pain
he would feel at reaching 50.
was a lovely evening with lots of Dave's family and friends
old and new turning up to help him celebrate. Near the end
of the evening, Dave had yet another surprise. All of a
sudden, another White Lion local, Andy Morgan announced,
'Dave Newman, this is your life!' and lots of laughter (from
the guests' point of view) and embarrassment (from Dave's
point of view) ensued.
are pleased to say that Dave really did enjoy his party
and Jacqui deserves to be congratulated for keeping the
party one of the best kept secrets since.... well EVER!
Happy birthday Dave. May you enjoy many more to come.
of 'Dave Newman, This is Your Life' can be seen in this
Week in Moving Pictures..