So it seemed just right to celebrate my 60th with a tea party in the House of Lords on Monday! And an eclectic mix of family and friends, ACEVO members, parliamentarians, churchmen, media, old college pals, trade unionists, Baronesses, cabinet ministers gathered to celebrate with me. I even had a note from Ed Miliband to wish me well, though as he said," 60; hard to believe it!". And a card from Tony and Cherie Blair. Tony's nice note was rather touching "thanks for your fantastic contribution to the nation and its voluntary sector". I think the PM's card got lost when he posted it in Dubai!
Baroness Hayter, an old friend from Young Fabian days, and an ACEVO Founding member gave a welcome speech to which I responded; a mercifully short contribution!
It was good to have a wide number of my distant cousins present; from Union Hall in Ireland, from Devon and from Kent. Here they are;
And one of my mother with some of the Devon tribe