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SIAS summer surprise – boat ‘beach’ party

The terrorist bombings on the Tube did not deter those based in London making it across to Temple Pier to board the MV Sundance for the cruise down the Thames on Thursday 21 July. Unfortunately those coming from St Albans were not so lucky and, with the knock-on effects on the trains, found themselves unable to make it.

The day’s events and the lower numbers than expected did not deter people from getting into the party spirit though – perhaps this was due to the spirits (with a mixer of course) they were handed on boarding the boat.

Most people started out up on the sundeck watching the City go by – the cruise went down as far as the Thames Barrier. The event was themed as a beach party, and it was good to see people making an effort with some actuaries donning their best ‘beach’ shirts on the night.

As the boat slowly chugged along, people helped themselves to a fine spread of barbequed food washed down with plenty of drink from the bar. Amanda manned the candyfloss machine producing initially what can only be classed as pink sticks. With a little practice and some help from an actuarial student who had a former career in a circus (or something like that), the candyfloss soon became as good as that available at any seaside resort.

As the evening got colder, the majority made their way downstairs to the disco deck to dance the rest of the night away to beach classics. Champagne was awarded at the end of the night to the best-dressed male and female of the night. As the boat party drew to a close, many fearing the end made a beeline for the nearest bar to continue the party.

Thanks to Daire O’Neill and Amanda Prest for their help in organising the event and making it a success.

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