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Epsom Club celebrates centenary in style
A 100-year-old private members' club celebrated its centenary in style on Saturday.
Members of The Epsom Club boarded a hired 120-year-old horse-drawn double decker bus, preceded by one member's vintage Bentley, which toured the town before the first of three centenary parties held at the club's Church Street home, The Hollies.
The 130 partygoers were treated to the musical delights of guest concert pianist Aaron Monteverde and Epsom's mayor, Councillor Robert Foote and MP Chris Grayling also attended.
Vic Collier, club president, said: "It was a tremendous day and one we'll look back on for many years. The atmosphere was wonderful.
"Our entertainments supremo Ray Welsh has been busy for 18 months raising money - £14,000 no less - to fund the celebrations, as well as helping charities, with events including race nights, with real jockeys, raffles and quizzes."
Coun Foote praised the club's "community atmosphere" and Mr Grayling "the welcome and great hospitality".
The event launched a week of celebrations for the club's 280 members.
Established in 1914, its Victorian building is one of the few remaining private members' clubs in the town and now counts 40 women as members - a far cry from the club's all-male atmosphere of the last century.
The club lets out its function rooms and has built a strong reputation for its food and hospitality, with a well established in-house caterer.