I’ve been lucky enough over the past year to be booked for a number of fantastic surprise birthday or anniversary parties.
I first met Shireen & Terry when I had been asked to photograph the President’s Golfing dinner at Nuneaton Golf course earlier in the year.
Shireen called me to say that she was organising a surprise party for her husband & wanted me to come along, for around 2 hours, to photograph the evening. As she went on to explain what she was organising I was astounded by how much she was planning & I have to admit, a little excited to hear about the entertainment act she had chosen.
I’ve always been a fan of Monty Python & John Cleese, so imagine my delight when Shireen said that she had booked a Basil Fawlty & Manuel double-act from “John Parkin as Cleese” (www.cleese.co.uk). I’ve got to say, I was not disappointed :). They were brilliant! – The pair went from table to table in the classic Basil & Manuel style buffoonery, entertaining guests while we waited for Terry to arrive. Not stopping there, during the buffet they went on to insult (in a humorous way of course), irritate & make people laugh … Manuel even attempted to serve the buffet to the crowd, before perfectly executing a well thought out plot to pretend to drop a box with a set of very expensive crystal cut glasses in. Even though Shireen had known the plan, both she, Terry & all 80+ guests were crying with hysterics when Manuel went flying, smashing the contents of the box to smithereens 🙂
Once the evening was well underway & Terry had started to recover from the fantastic Surprise his wife had organised it soon became clear that 2 hours photography wasn’t going to be long enough. I was really pleased when Shireen asked me to stay 2 more hours to continue photographing the evening. This also included some great entertainment provided by the musical tribute band Barry Walker’s Smackee.
Below is a small selection of the photographs taken on the evening.