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Let's hear it for the Jolly Girls!

Every year for the last four years, the Darling Daughters and I have enjoyed a festive treat, either just before or just after Christmas. It’s our Christmas present to the girls and I tag along too because, obviously, there is no way I am going to miss out on a Jolly Girls Outing.


This year we were back at Sadlers Wells for a Touch of Culture in the shape of Matthew Bourne’s Gothic “take” on Sleeping Beauty.  So very not Disney. But first we all had to get ourselves to the same place at the same time, travelling, as we were, from four different directions. The Eldest of the Darling Daughters met me at Victoria Station just as planned – but then managed to leave me stranded on the Underground platform as the train doors closed, inexorably, between us, leaving us waving feebly through the train window and mouthing “Kings Cross”  at each other like slightly demented goldfish.  


Waiting for the next train, my fellow passengers and I were entertained by the station announcer who had clearly decided to put his own stamp on the job. “Now why don’t y’all just chill out behind that there yellow line” – just one example of his repertoire which had all of us platform huggers smiling despite ourselves.


The four of us made it to Wagamamas at Angel, Islington, in time to grab a table before the lunchtime rush then spent a happy two hours chatting about anything and everything. Which is what you do on Jolly Girls Outings.  That left us just time to amble along to the theatre for curtain-up. “Shall we order drinks for half-time?” one of the Darling Daughters suggested, helpfully. We had to remind her that we were at the ballet, not a football match. 


Ah, my Jolly Girls! Didn’t we have a lovely time? The food! The company! The conversation!  All that - and a totally brilliant ballet, too.


And if you have Jolly Girls of your own, or if you are Someone Else’s Jolly Girl – think about organising an outing.  It doesn’t matter where you go, what you eat, or how you travel (though please try your best not to get separated on the tube) – just get together and have some fun. Memories are made of this.


Let’s hear it for the Jolly Girls!

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Steven | Reply 13.01.2013 00:04

I'm thinking next year I should be a jolly girl! Though leave me at lunch & drinks if its the ballet again!!! Xxx

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