THE annual Worthing Law Society dinner is the last professional occasion of this kind left in the town, and I had the privilege to be invited to last Friday’s dinner at the Chatsworth Hotel as a guest of incoming president Stephen Hollamby, of Bennett Griffin Solicitors.
With the impending closure of the Beach Hotel, it marked a change in venue, and Michael Clinch and his staff certainly didn’t disappoint on the night – and the same can be said for the quality of the after-dinner speeches.
Stephen’s colleague and former mayor Peter Bennett “opened the batting” before excellent responses from Stephen himself.
On the subject of Peter Bennett, I had the pleasure of sitting next to his wife Jenny.
Over dinner, I discovered the next generation of Bennetts are already making their mark in Worthing, with son Tom an integral part of the organisation of this year’s Birdman Rally.
As a postscript to last week’s column, there was another high-profile court appearance this week when Emadur Choudhury was fined £50 in London for setting fire to a poppy wreath at a remembrance parade.
The maximum penalty for this offence was £1,000 but given that Mr Choudury is unemployed, lives in a council house rent free and gets £800 a month benefit, he ended up with a fine less than a parking fine.
As it is right across the country, the November Remembrance Day parade in Worthing is an important date in the town’s calendar. It marks the ongoing sacrifices of this country’s brave men and women, including many from the Commonwealth, past and present.
I know people of all race and creeds will be disgusted by not only Choudhury’s insulting behaviour but by the size of his fine.
I was recently told about a motorist who had alternator problems, which resulted in him parking his car up in a one-hour bay with a large note on his dashboard clearly explaining what had happened and the fact the garage was on its way.
When he returned with his mechanic, an NSL warden was walking away already having written a ticket.
When the driver pointed out the note and the attendance of the said mechanic, he was told by the warden that, quote, “We are not allowed to act on notes”, although the ticket was later rescinded on the submitting of the garage invoice.
So, how much time was wasted, giving a ticket and then taking it back?
Common sense somewhat missing?
Many thanks to all those who got in touch, including Keith Kennard, who informed that the shop under the Buckingham Road car park was once a Tesco furniture store, but it was originally a supermarket called Victor Value, and the “V V” door handles remain to this day.