Hopper Cup Team Speaking Competition Report – 28th June 2012 (by Doug Weale)

Every vital quality of speaking in public, was displayed as Thanet S.C. hosted the annual Hopper Cup team speaking competition on Thursday June 28th.  West Kent S.C.was adjudged the winning presentation of the theme ‘Fly The Flag’, with a captivating history of flags flown at historical occasions from the Skull & Crossbones on the high seas, to the recent Silver Jubilee celebration on the river Thames; embracing, among the individual speeches, the notorious “White Flag Incident” in the Falklands war.  Whilst both Chaucer & Thanet clubs each gave of their very best, the chief judge John Reid was heartily applauded by all present, as he gave the unanimous decision of the panel of judges and presented the Hopper Cup to the team,which happily included Fay Andrews,who instigated the competition 12 years ago.

Our club will resume the usual format at the next meeting, July 12th  to which, as to all meetings, visitors are welcome.  Our objective is to practise and improve the art of speaking in public: we do so by a series of speeches written and-after rehearsal in their own home-delivered to fellow members at club meetings; evaluated with helpful suggestions for continued improvement.  For full details of visiting and membership please contact Doug Weale 01843 592221 or d.weale2012@btinternet.com or visit http://www.thanetspeakers.org.uk