Thursday May 4th, 2023
What a Night to Remember.
This was the night the Mc Neal’s held their first large family reunion, when the families of William Mc Neal & Louisa Beatrice Callican’s ten siblings came together at, The Ball Alley, Kip Hill, Stanley, Co. Durham.
Originally planned as a small gathering of the clan, I settled on a public house, nestled at the foot of Stanley bank, not far from the South Causey Inn & Beamish Hall & Mining Museum.
How wrong I was! I mistook, completely the huge response to attend.
I cannot thank enough, everyone who came to be part of this wonderful evening.
There were a great many Mc Neal descendants that came from, in and around, the Durham area. Some came from Northumberland, and Scotland in the north. They came from Merseyside & Oldham in the west. From Norfolk in the east, and others from Berkshire & Hampshire in the south. My niece flew in from Cyprus & my son & daughter-in-law followed me from Canada. Another niece who lives in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada, also wanted to be included. Even on an eight hour different time zone, she joined in, via video chat. Really, there are no words to describe my love to you all, for the distances you travelled, to be part of this memorable, unique family reunion. It truly was amazing.
Cousins meeting cousins that had not seen one another for decades. Some seeing their relatives for the first time in their lives. All of one mind, one heart, one soul, to embrace one another, have fun & laughter together for a few hours. The weather was a little chilly outside, but inside the warmth of family enveloped us all.
I wish here, to thank the caterers, Amanda’s Kitchen for their fine food. Also the Ball Alley, for doing the best they could in dealing with such a huge crowd, while suffering staff shortages. It was my fault for chosing a venue that was not quite equipped to handle so many of us.
But from all the fantastic messages & emails I have received, I believe I am correct in saying “We all managed very well, and had the most enjoyable night”. So much so the concensus was, “When will the next one be?”
And I am pleased to say, “It is in the Cards”. Keep the end of May 2025 free,`for our biannual get-together. Exact date to be determined.
Hope drives us to places we never think we will see again. You all have given me lots and lots of hope that I will once more be among you.
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