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Anne joins club's 50th celebration

PUBLISHED: 13:49 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 23 August 2010

LUNCH: Margaret Adcock, Anne and past president Julie Baker

LUNCH: Margaret Adcock, Anne and past president Julie Baker

CONSERVATIVE MP Ann Widdecombe was a special guest at a 50th anniversary celebration for a ladies luncheon club. The Gravesend Conservative Association Ladies Luncheon Club held their birthday event at the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend on Tuesday

CONSERVATIVE MP Ann Widdecombe was a special guest at a 50th anniversary celebration for a ladies luncheon club.

The Gravesend Conservative Association Ladies Luncheon Club held their birthday event at the Masonic Hall, Wrotham Road, Gravesend on Tuesday.

Miss Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and Weald, cut a cake, made a speech and answered questions from an audience of nearly 90 members and supporters.

She said: "It has been a wonderful celebration and I am delighted to have been invited to these 50th anniversary celebrations.

"I was very much looking forward to it, and it has been good to meet so many of the members here today, and everyone has been very welcoming."

The club was formed in 1959, after a group of women, all supporters of the Conservative Association in Gravesend, agreed that they would meet socially once a month for lunch.

Their first meetings were at the Clarendon Royal Hotel, and then moved to the Masonic Hall, where they invite a speaker on the third Tuesday of every month.

Also present at the event was Eileen Tuff, president of the Conservative Association, and nine past chairmen.

Margaret Adcock, chairman of the Ladies Luncheon Club said: "We are very proud to have reached our 50th birthday, and are pleased we have been able to keep the club going for so long.

"Anne Widdecombe is a very popular member of the Conservative party and we are very grateful she has decided to join us for the day.

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