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The red hats invade as busy batty bees play host

The National Convention of the Ladies in Red Hats touring the area.  Pictured arriving at the Athenaeum in Bury.

The National Convention of the Ladies in Red Hats touring the area. Pictured arriving at the Athenaeum in Bury.

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me,” said Jenny Joseph in her poem Warning.

It became the inspiration for the Red Hat Society which now has 41,000 members worldwide – at the weekend the Bardwell Batty Bees, the first Suffolk group, hosted the society’s annual UK convention.

Bee Vivian Bewley said its 33 members had been ‘busy bees’ for the past year organising the event – the 200 guests were entertained at Elvden Center Parcs and given a guided tour of Bury St Edmunds.

Queen Bee Dorry Squirrell said: “It was the first time in the nine years of conventions that there was a standing ovation at the end.” It also raised £1,000 for EACH and the Starlight for Children’s Fund.

 

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