Historic Ryde Society

‘Giving Ryde’s Past to the Future’

Historic Ryde Society Quiz Night Thursday 28 September 2023 at Yelf's Hotel, at 7p.m. for 7.30pm.

A sell-out event, Cream Tea and Babycham Night proved to be one of Historic Ryde Society’s most successful fundraising efforts! Nearly 80 fans came along to Yelf’s Hotel to hear Ryde’s own Philip Norman relate stories from his childhood on Ryde Pier, where his father Clive, ran The Seagull Ballroom. The event raised over £400 for the Society.

Author of Babycham Night, and The Skaters’ Waltz, as well as biographies of John Lennon, Sir Elton John and Mick Jagger, Philip is currently working on a biography of Sir Paul McCartney.

It was not without a certain un-nerving time, however, as Philip missed the ferry he was due to catch, due to the train driver having to stop to ‘do some paperwork’! Sighs of relief all round, when he appeared on the next ferry!

Many thanks to Yelf’s for a wonderful cream tea, and ordering in a special delivery of Babycham!

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Philip regales his audience with tales from the past.