We'd already limbered up with a couple of St George's Day events the previous week, one at the Rose and Crown, Hundon and the other at the Bury St Edmunds Golf Club, but 1st May is the date that truly marks the start of the Little Egypt dancing out season.
Once again we gathered at 4.45 a.m. at Park Farm ready for what we hoped was going to be a clement morning.
Ring o' Bells was chosen to greet the sunrise, this year timed at 5.33 a.m., and sure enough as the dance came to its thrilling conclusion the sun dutifully appeared over Stansted.
We had recently been taught by Westefelda a new dance "Gypsy Roundhouse" and as a warm up for Rochester we tried it out. Not bad in fact, but the sun disapproved and promptly hid behind some clouds.
By 6 a.m. we'd danced enough and anyway it was time for breakfast which this year was provided by Kevin and Paula at the Angel Inn.
2008 Dancing Programme