Eccentrics' Date With Lady Luck
After a few decades of giving it a miss, the Eccentric Club members are gathering on 13th of March at 13 minutes past 7 for their traditional ceremonial "Friday the 13th" Dinner.
PR9.NET March 06, 2009 - Allegedly, the tradition goes back to 1780s, when members of the 'Society of Eccentrics' ridiculed superstitions by dining surrounded by bad omens. Abandoned, it was revived in 1880s by The Thirteen Club, famous both in Britain and the US, many members of which later joined the Eccentric Club and made it an important annual event in the club's calendar.
Members of the club argue that 'it's all in our minds', that they are bad-luck immune simply due to their lack of belief into any effect of opening umbrellas indoors, walking under ladders, black cats and number 13 on their lives and business. Instead, they intend to turn it into a 'good luck raising event' and plan to raise some funds for their recently re-established club and public awareness about its comeback.
The Eccentric Club used to be an important cultural and social institution in British society for more than two centuries. In fact, there's been a few 'Eccentric Clubs', the last one lasted from 1890 till 1985 and its former President, Lord Montagu, despite being 82, is rather excited about the Club's revival. And not just him – since the re-launch of the Eccentric Club in August last year, HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the Patron of the old club, has restored his Patronage to the Eccentrics, HRH Prince Michael of Kent expressed his interest too and invited the Club's Secretary to Kensington Palace, the organisers also received best wishes to their endeavours from HRH Prince Charles of Wales, Their Royal Highnesses Princes William and Henry of Wales, Lord Bath, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, actor David Prowse, performer Elton John, writer Peter Underwood and many others.
The Club has been growing fast, already having over 60 members, which include writers, artists, actors, performers, fashion designers, businessmen, politicians and socialites. One of the latest members became Dave West, a flamboyant multimillionaire-businessman from Jermyn Street, St James's, famous, amongst other things, for hiring Cherie Blair as his barrister to challenge the lawfulness of the smoking ban in court.
In less than a year, the Club has gained enormous popularity, going from strength to strength, despite remaining without own premises.
This time the eccentrics will be guests of the Arts Club in Dover Street, Mayfair, many members of which are well known for their eccentricity. But then again – aren't we all a bit eccentrics?
For more information, please contact: Club Secretary of The Eccentric Club (UK) on 0845 224 1781 or 0786 751 3645
All correspondence to be sent to:
The Eccentric Club
27 Old Gloucester Street
London WC1N 3AX
The Arts Club
40 Dover Street
London W1S 4NP
(Nearest underground station: Green Park)
Venue website: http://www.theartsclub.co.uk/
Admission by registered guestlist only. Online registration: http://www.eccentricclub.co.uk/friday-the-13th-dinner-booking-page.php
Entrance fee: £65.00, price includes welcome drink on your arrival, dinner served in backwards order, eccentric entertainment, insurance from bad luck, half a bottle of wine per person and a refreshing tea or coffee before you leave. Suggested (but non-obligatory) dress code: smart decadence & gothic chic.
Photograph of the dinner held at the Eccentric Club on Friday, the 13th of November 1936 (Available from Getty Images):
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About The Eccentric Club (UK)
The Eccentric Club UK is a social, non-commercial, charitable and politically unaffiliated club re-established in August 2008 in Bloomsbury, London, for the purposes of continuing the traditional activities of its predecessors, known in various historic periods as The Illustrious Society of Eccentrics, The Everlasting Society of Eccentrics, The Eccentric Society Club and the Eccentric Club, Limited. The Eccentric Club UK considers its original foundation date 1781 (when it was known as The Society of Eccentrics) and honours and upholds the core principles of religious and political impartiality in the club debates.
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