On a rather stormy day on 20th February, over 50 Feltmakers and friends gathered at Luton Hoo for the annual Luton Lunch.  We were greeted in the beautiful Romanov Suite with a glass of rum punch and a stunning, and very appropriate, display of carnival costumes depicting hats.  These dramatic costumes had been created by the St Kitts & Nevis & Friends Luton Carnival Group for their theme for the 2019 Carnival “Hats off to Luton”.

The meal was delicious and once again had a Caribbean flavour.  We began with saltfish stuffed fried dumplings, followed by jerk marinated chicken supreme, pea & coconut rice, crushed sweet potatoes, crispy chicken skin and rum sauce and we finished with rum and raisin cheesecake.

 

As we relaxed after the meal, John Horn thanked everyone for attending with special mention to Vivianne Vayssieres for her help in organising the day.  He introduced Margaret Matthews, the Chair of the St Kitts & Nevis Group, who entertained us as she outlined her long association and enthusiasm for the Carnival and the Group.  She explained how the ideas become reality and how the costumes are created in a real atmosphere of inclusion from all ages.  Her talk was followed by a short speech from Maureen Drummond, the St Kitts & Nevis Carnival Queen who then demonstrated how her Top Hat costume was worn as she sashayed her way round the room to our delight.

The Master Gilly Yarrow then stood to thank our speakers and thanked John for organising and hosting such an entertaining lunch.

The lunch finished with a fantastic Hat Show by the very talented Ian Wright from his Hats Philip Wright 2020 Collection.  “Maureen’s Angels”, volunteers persuaded by Maureen Drummond to take part, modelled these for fun.  They modelled with increasing enjoyment and displayed the hats very professionally under Vivienne’s watchful eye.  The collection was beautiful and a very fitting end to a lunch celebrating hatting in Luton.

Hat’s off to John Horn for once again organising a convivial and entertaining Luton Lunch.

SARAH McLEOD