Boxing Day 1999: the action
|The day began with a gathering at the elegant home of Tommo and Julie, which provides beautiful views back across the valley of the Glem towards Glemsford church.It was a cold but bright and pleasant morning.|
|After warming drinks and nibbles, we gathered outside to toast our German friends, the Hoingker, and other "absent friends" with a traditional tot of Kummel, brought to us this year courtesy of Alex, who is spending a year in Berlin.|
Then we processed rhythmically and in stately fashion, down the hill.
|Another break for tradition was the wearing of our Horkey gear, rather than our normal Cotswold whites. |
It was but a short dance to the "White Hart"
|On arrival at the "White Hart" we found a goodly crowd waiting bravely in the cold to greet us.|
|The dancing followed a familiar pattern. Even Trevor was persuaded to take part. But beforehand, we had to talk.|
|The dancing was energetic and warmly appreciated. In fact we danced rather more than is usual.|
|"Vandals of Hammerwich" is always a great favourite. |
|There was a strong turn out of musicians this year. However, despite our best efforts, someone always seems to get hold of the drum.|
|We finished our set, after much debate, with a rousing production of "Fanny Frail", that grand old audience participation dance.|
Once the dancing was finished, we went inside for the mumming, as well as some well earned, and kindly-provided nibbles and drinks. There were also renditions of "Singing in the Rain", "Sunshine Mountain" and other songs. There was a surprise appearance by Vera Lynn-lookalike J**n B***s, and Tommo's Boy Band played a few ditties too.
Even if we say it ourselves, a good time was had by all, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks very much to all and sundry, for being there and helping.
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