The Evening Celebrations
Grand Success In Glemsford Village Hall
After the daytime fun around the village, the evening Come All Ye could have been an anticlimax.
But no. From the very start it was obvious everyone was out for a good time.
The hall was comfortably full, vindicating totally our decision to hold the event in the village, rather than Clare Town Hall. There was plenty of Good Ale (Mauldon's of Sudbury, this year), plenty of food (provided by the members) and fun for all.
Our very own Horkey Band provided the music, with guest fiddler Mike Feather scorching the rafters at times. Tommo brought a touch of professional improvisation to the electric bass, Mark and Martin led from the front on melodeon and Julie provided plenty of strum. Pip underscored the lot with satisfactorily-rasping trombone. There was a bodhran too.
The great thing about the evening was that everybody got up to dance - no nagging, no half-full sets. The audience was also constantly appreciative.
John Aldous enjoyed himself "calling" with his new toy, a radio mike, which greatly helped the intimacy of the occasion.
Several guest turns went down well too. Needless to say, Little Egypt wowed the assembly with demonstrations of their two new dances, choreographed by JA. Skipper Whiting appeared to tell anti-Norfolk jokes and treat us to "Shoals of Herring" - a pity Doods wasn't there to see it. James Meek displayed his vocal excellence with a rendition of "Linden Lee", and Dave Hartley told a totally unrepeatable joke (again aimed at the poor benighted folk from north of Diss) and sang a suitably salacious version of "A Yard Above Her Knee".
To borrow a phrase, a good time was had by all.
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