Tuesday 17th April – twelfth meeting of 2012

This week we met after a two-week break for the Easter holidays. Usual meeting at Charing Cross and after a little catch-up chatter we made our way to Embankment Underground to get a District line to South Kensington to visit Victoria & Albert Museum. The plan was to visit the exhibition of Cecil Beaton photographs of Queen Elizabeth 11 to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

Once there we purchased our tickets, concessions £5.00, and made our way to William Morris tea room for coffee and chat. As we walked through the shop we spotted Paul Martin the presenter of ‘Flog it’. All were really pleased to see him, although half the group had walked on ahead and missed this golden opportunity! We said ‘Hello’ and asked if he was filming. He smiled at us said ‘Hello and yes he was filming for Flog-it’. This caused a flutter amongst us as he is ‘our favourite’. He wore a purple suit and looked very well and slighter than he appears on television, so the saying that you look bigger on television is true!!

In the tea rooms we had coffee and chatted quite a while. During the holidays many had been away to China, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Mexico so there was lots of stories to tell. We also had an AGM to plan our walks until July. We managed to fix a date for the next months but of course this is always is up for changing!

We then went along to the exhibition.  Cecil Beaton had been a favourite photographer of the royal family since the 1940’s when the Queen Mother first used him.  There were some beautiful shots of the Queen as a girl and through to her wedding, coronation and the birth of all her children.  The early photos had very romantic and floral background but he changed his style to a plain background around 60’s-70’s.  There were also notes and lots of press cuttings on show.

This was a very interesting exhibition but I myself was a little disappointed as I was expecting that there would be many more photos and maybe some which had not been published.  But all in all a pleasant day made more memorable by the chance meeting of Paul Martin!!