Absolute Eighties

It’s been a full-on weekend, and showing no sign of stopping anytime soon!

On Friday we said goodbye to one of my cousins. A bittersweet funeral, as I had the chance to catch up with family I’ve not seen in many years and reconnect, sharing some wonderful memories, but a lot of sadness around losing a member of the family.

From there, we headed to Skegness and Butlins for an 80s weekend. It was a fact-finding trip to see if this would be a suitable way to celebrate our 50th birthdays, which are looming ever closer. After the first night of carnage, we were thinking ‘probably not’ and by yesterday evening we realised the logistics of keeping a large group of people together for an entire weekend on site would be impossible. But we’ve had a fabulous time of it. We had a DJ set from Pat Sharp, caught the last bit of Altered Images live set, and saw Jason Donovan live. We’ve also seen a Duran Duran tribute band, and this evening we’ve got a Bon Jovi tribute. In between the live bands we’ve had non-stop 80s hits playing. It’s all been a lot of fun, and I’ve not used so much hairspray and mousse since I was a teenager.

The fancy dress has been outstanding. We took a selfie last night and realised that we’d caught Bananaman and James T Kirk having a drink together over our shoulders. Much neon is on display, and the bars are serving Hooch. I just wish I could process the alcohol the way I did in the 80s, as the hangovers are making me realise I am a lot older than I really want to be!

Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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