I SEE RED: The Red Hatters Queen Mother Florence Slattery with Nell Evans.
I SEE RED: The Red Hatters Queen Mother Florence Slattery with Nell Evans. Jonno Colfs

The Red Hatters grace the Abbey for Christmas

AUSTRALIA'S very first Red Hatters Club doesn't hold back when it comes to throwing a party.

Their 2016 Christmas luncheon was held today within the historic and opulent grounds of the Abbey of the Roses.

A total of 35 ladies, all kitted out in the red and purple splendour, filled the dining room with chat and laughter and the clinking of glasses.

Fay Wickham said they wear the red and purple for a very simple reason.

"Because they don't go together and at our age we can get away with it,” she said.

"The club is for ladies over 50 who have spend their lives contributing to society, making lunches and polishing the church brass.

"Now it's our turn to just get together, have lunch, enjoy a chat, a joke or two and a few drinks.”

Mrs Wickham said the Christmas luncheon was an opportunity for all of the ladies, included invited guests from Stanthorpe, Clifton and Allora, to do lunch for the last time this year.

"We'll recess after this until February,” she said.

"Our Queen Mother Florence Slattery is here and that's always wonderful to see.

"This will be Florence's 101st Christmas so that's something to celebrate.”



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