Special speaker at Probus summer lunch

Colne and District Probus Club's latest speaker was Sir Winston Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys (centre left), pictured with Mrs Mildred Benson, Probus Club President Smith Benson, Probus Club Secretary Barry Birtwistle, Mayor of Pendle Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Mayoress of Pendle Carol Belshaw-Goulthorp (s)
Colne and District Probus Club's latest speaker was Sir Winston Churchill's granddaughter Celia Sandys (centre left), pictured with Mrs Mildred Benson, Probus Club President Smith Benson, Probus Club Secretary Barry Birtwistle, Mayor of Pendle Coun. Rosemary Carroll and Mayoress of Pendle Carol Belshaw-Goulthorp (s)

The granddaughter of Britain’s most iconic leader became Colne and District Probus Club’s most distinguished speaker in its 44 year history.

Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, was the guest speaker at the club’s summer lunch held at the Tempest Arms in Elslack on Friday.

In a 35 minute speech to those attending, her talk amused and fascinated members as she spoke about life in one of the best known families in the world.

Ms Sandys spoke of her grandfather “the great British bulldog”, reminisced about times at Blenheim Palace and Chartwell, of her wartime childhood, and of Churchill’s distinctive wartime attire, including the one piece siren suit, enjoying a revival at present in the form of a onesie.

Although a statesman and Prime Minister, to her Churchill was “grandpa”. She touched on his love of cigars, painting and pigs and recalled many of the legendary Churchillian remarks and anecdotes many of which are now famous quotes.

She also recounted the 80th birthday portrait of her grandfather by Graham Sutherland which was destroyed beofre going on public display.

Ms Sandys said after Sir Winston broke his hip in 1962, he was never the same, and that everyone would remember his state funeral in 1965, especially the London Docklands cranes which dipped in tribute as the funeral procession passed along the Thames.

Club President Smith Benson thanked Ms Sandys for an enthralling talk.