Here's Mark and I on Saturday evening...
all dressed up for Mark's Long Service Dinner at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Mark started work with JLR 25 years ago this summer.
The evening celebrated 25 years, 40 years and even 50 years for employees across the whole company, so there were about 1200 people at the event. We were slightly taken aback by the size and scale of it all, but it was really well organised and great fun.
The evening started with a formal photo.
(I've taken a photo of the photo so it's a little blurry.. but you get the general idea!)
..Then there were drinks, a four course meal, a full stage show (based on music from 1966/7, 1976/7 and 1991/2) and an excellent live band. We finally got back to our room in the hotel at 1.30 in the morning!
The ladies on each table received these small bouquets.. so pretty!
Luckily for me, one of the ladies didn't want her flowers so I took a second bunch for Mum and Dad. They've helped me with a lot of things recently and it was nice to be able to give them a little surprise to say "Ta".
We got home (more than a little the worse for wear!!) by mid-morning on Sunday.
When we looked in the photo packaging more closely, we realised that the company has given us a further dinner voucher, which can be used at all the main chain restaurants.
We thought it would be nice to save it until mid-July, when Mark received his offer of employment from the company, and then we can enjoy another (slightly more low key!) celebration of his 25 Years.