Under the pretext of attending a recruiting drive in Thruxton, Sir George and Lady Young were lured to the home of Association Chairman, Margaret Milner-Williams.
On arrival, they were greeted by members of the local party who had gathered to celebrate the couple's Ruby Wedding.
"We were entirely taken in; I had gone along with a short prepared speech about the importance of joining and supporting the local party. This was wholly redundant, as everyone there was an active Party Member."
"We went into the house to a loud cheer from our friends, who kindly gave us some Ruby Wedding roses; some oak planters to put them in; and some compost to help them grow. My predecessor, Sir David Mitchell, kindly gave us some 1963 Port; and each branch gave us a greeting card."
"Charles and Margaret Milner-Williams were very kind to host the lunch; we were both genuinely moved by all the generosity and hospitality; and the Association did well to conceal from me all the arrangements. It was a memorable event."