Opening Ceremony Speech Ladies and Gentlemen . . . Welcome. I would like to extend a particularly warm welcome to the Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth who has graciously agreed to perform our opening ceremony. Welcome to invited dignitaries and guests; welcome to you all. I feel privileged to be standing here today as witness to a new era for Brook Road Allotments. The new facilities we have would probably be the envy of most allotments in the country were they to know about it. We have a lot to be thankful for and I would like to take this opportunity to voice those thanks to those who made it possible. Firstly I would like to thank Bournemouth Council for enabling this project to take place, in particular I would like to thank Ed Alexander who oversaw the work and who, I am sure, went far beyond his professional remit to bring us what we wanted. Thank you Ed. Secondly thanks go to Dyer and Butler the contractors who carried out the work and, again, a special vote of thanks to Matt the contract manager who worked tirelessly to overcome the outcome of previous mistakes and inadequacies. Thirdly I would like to thank the councillors who supported the project of allotment upgrades in Bournemouth and who were also there for us in a moment of need. Lastly, but not least, a vote of thanks goes to all members of the Brook Road Allotment Association who persevered with patience, endurance and never ending optimism with only the barest minimum of intolerance surfacing on occasions. I must draw your attention to one member in particular, our secretary, Keith Dibden, who has laboured on ceaselessly for what seems like forever as our liaison with the Council. Thank you. Thank you one and all. After the ceremony please join us in a toast to the Borough of Bournemouth. Logistics may make it impossible for us all to raise our glasses at the same time but please bear this intention in mind. We have a team top flight chefs busy preparing food at the barbeque – please enjoy and, also, someone will be passing among you with raffle tickets – draw at 3.30 – for a brand new wheelbarrow – every girls dream gift. Please support us in our fund-raising. Feel free to wander and explore the site. In the office there is a small display of photos and a laptop presentation. If you have any questions ask our site manager Ted Moore or any committee member. They don’t have any labels but are the ones who look as though they should know something. And now I would like to invite The Deputy Mayor of Bournemouth, Mr Ted Taylor, to perform the ceremony and declare Brook Road Allotment well and truly open.
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