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SIAS summer boat party

Friday 25 July was a glorious summer’s day, and what better way to enjoy it than a cruise along the Thames? That is exactly what 170 actuaries did to celebrate this fortunate and highly improbable day of sunshine in London.

After two hours of hard graft decorating the Golden Jubilee, we were ready to begin the ‘Traffic Light’ summer party. Covered in red, yellow and green balloons and streamers, she met her eager guests at Embankment pier at 6.30pm. Together with Zara Fox from RBS Insurance, my first task was to make sure everyone got on board and all received a fun party bag.

Thereafter, guests were welcomed by a refreshing glass of Pimms and lemonade, much to the delight of Shamim Ashraf who had built up quite a thirst from all the balloon blowing. The upper deck was full of music and chat with everyone soaking up the sun’s rays, and enjoying the tasty BBQ aromas. Food was served at 8pm and what a feast it was. Capital Pleasure Boats cooked up a fine spread, with guests so impressed they clamoured for seconds.

As the casino table opened, lucky Hannah Morris from Axa won a bottle of champagne. It was then time to try out a few disco moves and Rachel Beasley and Katherine Catchlove from AIG Life got the party started and ruled the dance floor. The saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ fitted well with this party as four hours had flown by and, before we knew it, we were docking back at Embankment.

Luckily, Alvin Kissoon had thought ahead and had organised a mini after-party at Motion bar with cocktails provided by SIAS — just when we thought the night couldn’t get any better. I would like to thank everyone for coming and I can safely say that it was a roaring success and fun was had by all.