A man celebrating his 35th birthday has revealed how he was given a special treat by his mum, who reassembled all of his childhood playmates around a table at her home for a surprise reunion birthday party.
Karl Mowton, of Lancaster, hadn't seen many of the 'guests' at his surprise party for almsot 30 years, and didn't recognise many of them, but that didn't stop him enjoying himself after remembering just who the hell they were.
Karl's mum knew how much he'd like having his chums around for tea, so she secretly invited them all round. Some were reticent at first, and those who wouldn't come willingly had to be 'cajoled'.
She put to, with the aid of Karl's wife, making little sandwiches, cocktail sausages on sticks, sausage rolls, pieces of Scotch Egg, pork pie, and salad items, complemented by various-flavoured crisps, including Karl's long-time favourites, pickled onion-flavoured Monster Munch.
Ice cream came in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavours.
Karl's wife ordered a big strawberry cake, hats, paper trumpets, plastic whistles, and the adults tore around the house playing games such as Hide-And-Seek, Blind Man's Buff, Pin The Tail On The Donkey, and Off-Ground-Tig as if no time at all had passed between then and now.
The cake was cut, and 'Happy Birthday to you!' rang out loud and strong
Two guests were sick, and had to be taken to the toilet, and one didn't quite make it to the toilet in time, and made a mess in his underpants, but, overall, the party was deemed an unqualified success by people unqualified to judge.