This is the August 2019 Report of the Leicestershire Speakers Club

Food glorious food – the theme of our programme of impromptu speeches for our August meeting.

Each member was invited to place two slips of paper in the hat on which was written an item associated with food, it could be an ingredient or a utensil. A speaker then selected a slip from the hat. The group as a whole were given ten minutes to construct a speech.

The result was an eclectic mix of speeches, demonstrating a speaker’s knowledge and experience of a different foods, their origins, how they are prepared, etc. Nostalgia crept into a couple of speeches – jellies and children’s parties in the early fifties, when the catering was not as lavish as today. A question was asked if “Tupperware Parties” were still in vogue in view of the opposition to the use of plastics. We heard how the growing popularity of Chinese cuisine was brought to the western palate by migrant workers. The star of the month was awarded to Jane Lindsley for her speech on vegetarianism.

The reviewer for the speeches was Sylvia Bosworth who gave a constructive and eloquent review.

Needless, to say, we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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