It was a day of undiluted fun in London.
There was time to read the Sunday papers before we met up with my sisters Susan and Mary and stepmother Patricia for an early lunch at a French cafe in Camden Town.
Then Mrs Tootlepedal and I caught the tube from the legendary Mornington Crescent underground station down to Leicester Square to go to a film gala at the lavishly refurbished Odeon cinema.
When we arrived, Joe Cornish, the writer and director of the film, was being interviewed in front of a lively crowd.
He is our daughter Annie’s partner and they had kindly fixed up plum tickets for us to see Joe’s new film…
… The Kid Who Would Be King.
After testing out our seats…
.. which were quite comfortable and admiring the enormous screen….
… we met up with Annie…
… and milled around in the foyer goggling at stars of stage and screen.
Then we enjoyed the film itself, which collected a rousing ovation from the audience when it finished.
The amount of work and creative effort, not to mention the money, that goes into making a feature film is almost unimaginable so it is a great relief when the end product is as much good solid exciting fun as this film was to watch.
We were immensely proud of Joe.
As an added bonus, after all the film fun was over, we got a chauffeur driven car to take us to our next engagement which was a choral evensong at the church which my sisters attend.
The music was provided by a professional choir of four singers who were very accomplished and as one of the lessons was read by my sister Susan and the sermon was short and very much to the point, the whole service was most satisfactory.
It was followed by yet another meal out with my sisters, this time in an Italian restaurant.
We will definitely be needing a lie down when we get back to Langholm tomorrow!
What a great day thanks to all concerned and special congratulations to Joe for providing such an enjoyable film.