The friends of the recently departed Neil Cameron decided to hold a special day to celebrate his life. It was to be held in two parts, a golf competition at Buriram Golf Course and a karaoke party with the Bamboo Bar’s resident duo.
Buriram Golf Society Captain Tony Murphy and President Peter Dempsey get things under way
Twenty-three golfers turned up at Buriram Golf Club at 7am on Tuesday June 7th for an individual competition . There was no handicap allowance but the worst anyone could score on a hole was three over par. There were to be no “winners” as such, with prizes going to players whose score was nearest to mystery scores drawn by the committee of the Buriram Golf Society. This gave everyone an equal chance of winning a prize. Names were also drawn out for three-over par and two over par on certain holes as well as four nearest-the-pin and longest drive prizes.
This motley crew turned up a little later for nine holes not to miss out on the party.
The winners are too numerous to mention but the committee would like to thank all those people who generously donated prizes. Despite the high temperatures, everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere due to there being no pressure to produce a good score. Following the golf , after a quick wash and brush up, the party moved on to the Bamboo Bar where they were joined by non-golfing friends for a buffet meal and an afternoon of “Buriram’s Got Talent ????”
An excellent meal was provided by Wella and her staff , much appreciated by everyone. After the meal, the prize presentation for the morning’s golf took place, presided over by mandatory m.c Peter Dempsey.
Around three o’clock the Bamboo Band began playing before the “amateurs” started to strutt their stuff. It was stressed that it was only a bit of fun and that the more people who entered in to the spirit of the occasion, the better. After a slow start, and as the alcohol began to “relax” everyone, there was a steady stream of willing performers. We’re not going to mention everyone but special thanks to Tommy and his ” dancers” Keith and Colin. In fact Tommy and Keith did an encore and I’m sure Keith’s former rugby league colleagues in England would pay handsomely for a copy of the video !!
Dao from the Bamboo once again showed that she has a beautiful voice and both Vince and Graham each bravely sang a Thai song which went down well (I think !!) with the locals !
Some people were appearing for the first time and Neil would have appreciated the laughter and pure enjoyment that continued throughout the afternoon.
The event was a total success in that we celebrated Neil’s life in the way he would have wished, by having a bloody good knees-up ! Thanks to the boys in the band, all the Bamboo staff and to everyone who generously contributed to a collection made to help Neil’s girlfriend Thung who is going through a very difficult time. She was overwhelmed that people cared so much and sends her eternal gratitude.