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Hosp ActionI have been lucky enough to play a part in two successful events recently. That they went well is largely down to meticulous planning (by others) and the generosity of friends and sponsors.

First was the The University Caterers Organisation awards dinner at Warwick University. This followed some intensive competitions and the atmosphere was fantastic. TUCO has a large and appreciative membership and they wisely entrust the running of events like this to Jamie Robbins and his team at H2O Publishing. So by the time I mounted the stage as MC everything had been planned to the minute, allowing us to relax and have a few laughs along the way. Thank you, Jamie.

A few days later I was at Deer Park in Devon as MC for a fundraising dinner with Hospitality Action and the “Rugby Legends” whose presence added excitement and laughter, such that the dinner raised £40,000 for the charity. Again, superb planning by Giuliana Vittiglio and her colleagues made everything easy for the rest of us.

Pic shows stars of pass and pitch checking the gravy.