39 Club Annual Spring Lunch 2018

Friday 23rd March saw the 62nd 39 Club Annual Spring lunch hosted at the stunning and elegant Royal Overseas League in St James's Central London SW1.
The wonderful historic venue was the perfect setting for this year's event once again which boasted an attendance of 127 people linked to the menswear profession.
This included Sue Simpson our guest of honour who shared a few words and laughs from her career spanning Harrods, Farlows and the eponymous retail independent Lock & Co also of St James's.
Many bouts of laughter were also enjoyed by a great friend of the Club Stuart Henderson who closed the event with his superlative wit and humour, often aimed at members of the club who were caught unawares.
It is quite incredible this bunch of like minded business fellows also raised in excess of £1300 pounds to a most worthy cause. This year The 39 Club are supporting the London based Noah's Ark Children's Hospice, who provide care for children who have terminal illnesses and their families  The 39 Club thanks every person who attended the lunch this year for their generosity and hopes to see you all next year.

Photograph courtesy: Eric Musgrave

The funeral of George Salmon 04/10/2017

39 Club members attended the funeral and celebration of the colourful and long life of George Salmon who was Chairman during 1978/9.  George was always known for his charm and excellent quick wit, he entertained the Club and the many guests during the annual Spring lunches as a double act with Clive Sinden, mostly at the Café Royal in Regents Street, London W1.  The 39 Club’s very own Eric Morecambe if you like, his appreciation of good humour was second to none.  Maybe it was the tips he got from Tommy Cooper?!
Current members Richard Craddock, Denis Hanks, Social Secretary and Andrew Tompsett, President, along with ex-member Colin Garside, Nigel Lugg and George Orris joined the many family and friends to give the wonderful character George a great send off.
His words “Wish me luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)” closed the proceedings with a wry smile I am sure and sung by Gracie Fields.  George leaves wife Joan, daughter Sue, son Stephen and five grandchildren.

John Gamby (RIP)

The Club also note the passing of long esteemed member and Honorary member of more than 40 years, John Gamby.   John worked for many years at Lyle and Scott joining them in 1959 with Y Front who changed their name to Jockey many years later.  John started his working life in the Royal Navy.

John was a well respected member of The 39 Club and regularly attended many Spring lunches after his retirement.   John leaves wife Pauline and three daughters.


George Salmon (RIP)

What a lovely bloke George Salmon was. I remember him especially in his element in the annual double act at the Spring Luncheon with Lord Clive Sinden. My special memory, however, is of a charity golf match in 1984 that pitted The 39 Club versus Austin Reed. As I don’t golf, I offered to caddy for George on the day. Never knowingly underdressed as I am, I hired us both Bertie Wooster-style golfing outfits from the costumier Angel’s. Sadly for us, it was the hottest day of the summer and the suits were in what I estimate to be at least 28oz-30oz tweed. The 19th hole was a welcome sight.

My commiserations go to George’s family and friends.

I was sorry to hear about John Gamby too. He always was a charming gentleman.

Words courtesy Eric Musgrave, Hon Member since 1982