On a filthy, wet, December Saturday night, over a hundred choristers, wives, partners and choir supporters made their way to the Choir Hall, dressed in their finery, in eager anticipation of seeing in the New Year 2012.
While munching away on traditional crisps, dips, sausage rolls and other savouries, the evening began with easy listening entertainment by Bristolian father and daughter duet, Musicians in Black (they’ve previously appeared at the hall as Memory Lane) who presented a popular and wide ranging mixture of genres from popular, country and western including Shania Twain’s ‘It Don’t Impress Me Much’ through to Abba, Tom Jones, Cerys Matthews, rock n’ roll, jive, The Beatles and more. When they played a selection of 60’s and 70’s music it was enough to get the ladies out of their chairs, leave their white wines behind and cavort around imaginary handbangs, just as they did when they were teenagers (well almost). They were joined by the men as soon as they had downed their pints and ordered replacements. No change there then!
At the interval, the Raffle was conducted by Leon and photos of some delighted winners are shown in the photo gallery. Many thanks to those who donated prizes to raise funds to support the choir’s activities.
The celebrating crowds included a baby boy born on Christmas Eve to Nina and Robert, so let’s hope the experience doesn’t stay with him for a lifetime – he hasn’t even been named yet, but I gather he’s Ron Powell’s grandson. Maybe he’ll join the choir in 18 years time? There were lots of broody hens clucking around on the night, so maybe a local baby boom in August/September???
BREAKING NEWS 12th January 2012 – I’ve just learned, to his grandad Ron’s delight that he has been named Rhys Thomas!
Our thanks go to those who set up and cleared the hall afterwards, to Siân Hatton, Dave Gould and Wyn Goodwin for volunteering their superb, friendly service in keeping us all well lubricated from behind the bar; to Ann and Margaret for organising and selling raffle tickets on the night; to Musicians in Black for their lively dance entertainment and most of all to Bob Doggett for organising the evening and selling tickets.
The last Year was left behind and the New Year suitably brought in by singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne, wearing our multiple funny hats and trying to bump into each other across the dance floor. Why do we do it? Followed by lots of hand-shakes, hugs and kisses, some from people we didn’t even know, everyone finally left the hall at about 1-00 am, in a happier mood to find it had stopped raining! Welcome in 2012!
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Lyn (No apologies for photographic content, it’s all your own doing! I just press the shutter)