I have never really been a fan of discotheques or disco music so when the option came, this year, to hold The Christmas Party at a Racecourse, my name was first on the list. I cannot take any credit for the idea though. This was all down to Sharon who suggested it as a way of getting all of the team together. While our ‘strategically located depots’ are great for distribution, it’s not so great when you need to choose a single central location for a social gathering. While I can always remember from my school days that Southampton is the centre of the world, where is the centre of the UK; what racecourse should we choose…and on a Saturday too? The team from Scotland were hardly likely to travel down for a day out were they? Well Hereford was the chosen location and the lads from Glasgow proved me wrong by leaving at 05:00 in the morning to join their work colleagues for the Bishopsgate Christmas Party 2018. And what a great day it was
A great day? Well I guess much of that will, only partly, depend on your ability to pick out the winners. My picks were clearly enjoying their gentle stroll out in the Herefordshire countryside and if I could have placed a bet on which horse would come last I would have been a very happy man.
But the others? First Drift. Remember the name. Woody from The London Office had been giving out his tips for the day, Steve’s brother in law, an accountant and racing enthusiast, was having a good run and made studying the form card an easy task. But the noise and hub hub from the Swindon and Warrington depots after checking through their form guides meant that there was only going to be one winner. It was the nap of the day. If you had a kitchen sink, you would have wagered that too on this 25-1 outsider that had only run once this year. Well guess what, it b****y well won! The cries in the marquee were deafening as I quickly realised that ‘everyone’, apart from me that is, had placed a bet on it to win or place. From £2 each way to something more substantial, the man at the tote (And I’m being totally honest now) apologised to our group as he had, “ran out of cash and had to ask the office to bring a fresh new float so that he could settle the bets” One nil to the punters and where do you ever hear that story.
Stars of the day had to be The Customer Services Team in Swindon. The crews are on the road and while they speak to the team every day, they have never met them. “Which one is Lucy? Is that Stephanie?” Many are Facebook friends but it really became a team bonding exercise as everyone got together to enjoyed the banter and fun of the day. A good day was had by all.