We asked: are you ready to (Christmas) party?
The response was pretty definite!
We couldn't let the event pass without a small gift to CEO Frank and MD Andy for their help and support in organising the event. They really looked the part after we presented them with authentic US bowling shirts all the way from Indiana. Forget the everyday...
tonight Matthew, we're Fast Lane Frankie and Rockin' Raz.
The night was young and the lanes were getting lively as our younger guests kicked off the practice sessions before things got competitive. We shared great food and drinks including cocktails, champagne and very fancy non-alcoholic cocktails for the younger guests, with amazing food that went down well with all.
We had a 50s theme and the gents and ladies in attendance did not disappoint. A very dapper Dave and Steve here, in the early stages of forming Bastows' very own Rat Pack.
The dresses looked amazing on you ladies- and who knew the boys scrubbed up so well? We consider the theme a roaring success....
... Even if Rob did go for the 50s revolutionary look by turning up as Fidel Castro (outfit of the night? We think so. Awesome work, that man.)
It was great to see everyone getting to know each other and meet new members of the family- we hope everyone felt very well looked after and welcome.
Family members brought along their older children to join the fun, meaning we had the extra competitive edge of worrying that the grownups would be beaten by the kids...
Sam, Sanja and Chupo got into the party spirit- and they were not alone.
Some of us had decided that it was time that karaoke machine earned its keep.
It was great to see so many people try their hand at being the next X Factor superstar (even if most of us were more like Stevi Ritchie) and there were a few surprises as we belted out tunes ranging from 'Fairytale of New York' to AC/DC's finest moments...
Thank you for bringing your husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, colleagues and friends.
It really wouldn't have been the same without you.