Well can you believe it after saying that we had not got our appeal results letter today in the post although I was expecting it, it turned out that the postman had put all our post through next doors letterbox by mistake. They brought it round when we got back from a trip out this afternoon.
The suspense was terrible made worse by the fact that our 8 year old DS got hold of it and insisted in reading it out to us - very slowly!
Anyway, its great news, our appeal was sucessful which came as a complete suprise after the grilling the panel gave us.
So if your appeal is still to come don't assume you have been unsucessful if they give you a hard time its obvioiusly just the way some panel members operate.
Thanks to everyones help on this site, particularly Sally-Anne and Etienne and the all the encouragement from all you other posters.
I shall be keeping an eye on the sight to congratulate and commiserate with everyone who still has an appeal to come. and I am hoping not to have to make proper use of this site again in 2 years time when its DS's turn, he is under strict instructions not to stress me