Kay’s Ark was launched with a party at Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside on Sunday evening. Kerry was understandably nervous – as was I – the event marked the culmination of years of thought and writing by Kerry and months of input from Handstand Press. We needn’t have worried. Friends and family turned out by the score and three Handstand authors were there to celebrate as well. Two special guests made the evening memorable. Kerry’s friend from childhood in Skelwith Bridge, Sheila Bamforth, came to the microphone to reminisce about the happy days spent at Rosewood surrounded by the warmth and energy of Kerry’s mother. The best surprise of all was kept to the end when world class concert pianist, Nicholas Ashton, performed the piece by Liszt (Un Sospiro) which Kay played for him when he first visited Rosewood. It was a pivotal moment in his life which led to a long and fulfilling career in music.
What a night!
Kerry with proud daughters, Naomi and Rebecca.