TV medic Dr Hilary Jones fired-up the annual festive lunch of the Dorset Ladies at Bournemouth’s Marsham Court Hotel by unveiling the traditional, Christmas pudding.
Dr Hilary was at the hotel in Russell-Cotes Road, as the special guest of the Dorset Ladies Luncheon Club.
The Club, which has over 180 members, is now in its 43rd year and invited the doctor to be guest speaker at its annual, Christmas Lunch.
Dr Hilary became a household name when he joined TVam in 1989.
The GP is still a regular on television, including ITV’s morning show Daybreak, for which he reports on emerging, medical news stories.
Performing the traditional lighting of the Marsham Court Christmas pudding – which was made by head chef Emil Donchev – Dr Hilary said: “I’m very much looking forward to talking to the Dorset Ladies about my GP practice and TV career.
“There will be some cheeky tales and anecdotes and hopefully it will be a very fun afternoon.”
Liz Young, the new Chairman of the Dorset Ladies Luncheon Club said: “Dr Hilary Jones is absolutely charming. His career to date has been fascinating and I know everyone in the Dorset Ladies has been very excited about welcoming him.”
The Dorset Ladies Luncheon Club has been holding monthly meetings (between October and April) at the Marsham Court for over 20 years.
Previous guests at its Christmas luncheons include singer Toyah Willcox, Newsreader Angela Rippon and broadcaster Esther Rantzen.
Rosie Wallace, MD of the Marsham Court said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dr Hilary Jones to the hotel. He is a very popular figure and we were honoured when he also agreed to light our ceremonial Christmas pudding this year.”
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Picture caption: Tasty visitor: TV doctor Dr Hilary Jones lit the Marsham Court Hotel’s traditional, Christmas Pudding when he was guest of the Dorset Ladies Luncheon Club festive lunch.
Notes to reporters
Built during the Edwardian era, the award-winning Marsham Court Hotel has been owned and operated by Rosie Wallace’s family for over 30 years.