A very warm welcome was awaiting the arrival of the attendees of the President's Spring Weekend in more ways than one.
Temperatures were in the high 20s and the city was basking in sun when we all took a stroll through the vibrant streets for the Welcome dinner of paella on Thursday evening. Afterwards a number either went to watch the football in one of the bars, or headed for the Radio rooftop bar at our hotel, ME Reina Victoria to sample the cocktails, with stunning views across Madrid.
On Friday morning we headed out of the city to the outskirts of Aranjuez where a tour of El Regajal estate winery had been arranged. A fascinating insight into the cultivation of the vines, and then we were taken into the fermentation area, and got to sample a number of the wines!
A delicious lunch was enjoyed in the sunshine sitting in the courtyard, looking out across the beautiful estate towards Madrid and of course it was washed down with some of the wines produced at El Regajal!
Heading back to Madrid, the rest of the afternoon and evening was for our guests to explore the city and on Saturday morning a party were taken by our sponsors Cosentino and Caterham & Granite Marble to visit the Cosentino showroom where they were able to see the beautiful finishes they supply. On the way back, there was a stop at the Bernabeu Stadium, home to Real Madrid, much to the delight of the football fanatics amongst them.
Finally the weekend concluded with the President's Weekend Gala dinner at the hotel. Everyone looked wonderful in their finery when we all gathered in the hotel bar for the drinks reception. Heading down into our private suite for dinner, four courses of wonderful food was served and then the after dinner bar, sponsored by Darwin Clayton opened which we are sure assisted the 'community signing' started by Carl Gola and was a fitting end to a weekend which had been full of community spirit. Friendships old and new have been cemented one again and everyone was talking about the next time!
Thank you to our sponsors Cosentino UK, Caterham Granite & Marble, and Darwin Clayton and especially to all of those Members and Associates that joined us with their wives and partners to make sure it was such a success.
To see photos from the weekend, take a look at www.facebook.com/The-National-Association-of-Shopfitters
The NAS Centenary President's Spring Weekend 2019 will take place in London from 17th May - we hope to see you there