On Friday night I joined several other secret agents for the Croydon Casino Royale ball. Everyone had made a real effort, with a number of 007 lookalikes! Clare Hilly and her team had done a fabulous job and had over 100 guests attending the Hilton Hotel in Croydon, where all of the tables were named after Bond films. Notable CF guests included Karen Allen from the Exec, and former CCHQ staff member, Richard Action Jackson. A number of students from Exeter university had also travelled to the dinner, after a day of training with Mark Clarke, CF Chairman.
Later on in the evening guests headed across to the casino to try their luck on the roulette and with poker - thankfully it wasn't strip poker! The jazz band kept us entertained, and the two professional dancer guests outshone everyone else on the dancefloor - Strictly Come Dancing, CF style!
Amazingly trains run through the night from East Croydon and I headed back into town on the 2.28am train!