Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture and Chairman’s Dinner – Saturday 10th March 2018

Ted Oldham Memorial Lecture 2018 – Sooty Ungloved – Saturday 10th March

This year Sooty celebrates his 70thbirthday. But his journey has not always been easy and behind the PR spin the Corbett family hit many obstacles along the way.  When Richard Cadell purchased the rights in 2008 he learned the surprising true story behind The Sooty Show and indeed embarked on his own rollercoaster ride to bring Sooty back to our television screens.  With very rare archive footage and some fascinating props this talk will celebrate the remarkable career of one of the most influential magicians of our time…Sooty! – with a chance to meet the little bear himself.

Please note that this is not intended as a Children’s event and is definitely NOT a performance with Sooty and Sweep. In order to preserve the magic admittance is restricted to those over 14 years of age only.

We are delighted that Richard has agreed to be our Ted Oldham Memorial lecturer this year.  The lecture has had great reviews everywhere it has been presented and will appeal to magicians and non-magicians alike.

The lecture will take place on the day of the annual dinner.  It is being held in the Parador Hotel, Ormeau Road, Belfast commencing at 2.00 p.m.  It is free to anybody attending the dinner that evening and £5 to everybody else.  Why not make an afternoon of it by coming to the Parador early and having lunch and/or a few drinks?

Annual Dinner – Saturday 10th March

As already notified, the U.S.M. Dinner will take place in the Arbele Lounge, Errigle Inn, Belfast commencing at 7.00 for a 7.45 p.m. sit-down.  There will be entertainment in the form of live music and close-up magic on arrival.  I have attached the dinner flyer again.  What a line-up!  The menu is as follows:


Soup of the Day (v)

Chargrill Chicken Caesar Salad

Pate, Brioche Toast, Red Onion Marmalade



Pan Roast Salmon, White Wine Cream

Sirloin of Beef, Yorkshire Pudding

Supreme of Chicken, Rich Roast Gravy

(Above served with Mash, Roast Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables)

Broccoli, Roast Red Peppers, Spinach & Grilled Cheese Pasta (v)

10oz Sirloin, Portobello Mushroom, Grilled Tomato, Peppercorn Sauce, Choice of Side

  • (£5 Supplement)



Pavlova, Fresh Fruit Coulis

Chocolate Brownie, Vanilla Ice-cream

Crème Brulee, Mixed Fruit Coulis


This is one of the biggest choices we have ever had.  What a night for only £27.50 per head.  All you have to do now is send me your bookings.  I need to know the number in your party, their names, all menu choices and any special dietary requirements.  Please get your bookings in as soon as possible and no later than noon on Saturday 3rd March.  Payment will be taken on the evening or can be transferred direct into the Society bank account in advance.  If you wish to avail of the latter, please contact me and I will give you our account details.  Bookings can be made by e-mail to [email protected], by post to George Bleeks, 114 North Parade, Belfast, BT7 2GJ or by phone to 07860 115611.

Let’s make this a record year!

As usual, we will be having a ballot at the dinner.  This has always been one of the highlights of our dinner nights.  Its success depends on the generosity of those who donate prizes.  Please consider being one of them this year.  Thank you!