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Despite the appalling weather all day, the rain did ease in time for the Concert and the Church was surprisingly well attended, but not as full a usual. The Entertainers worked their way through the alphabet in song and poetry commencing with an introductory piece performed by Elizabeth Barker, entitled “The Alphabet Song” or You’re Adorable.

There were several solos performed by Mary Hughes, (Eidelwiess and Que Sera, Sera) Maureen Keise. (Over the Rainbow and A Very Precious Love) Rachel Kenhard (Where the Boys Are), Pat Vanderwoif (The Gold Diggers Song from 42nd Street) and Pat Jasper (My Foolish Heart and Unforgettable). Many well-known group numbers were included in the programme including Ken Dodd’s Happiness, the 59th’ Bridge Street Song, Sh-boom, Delaware, Back in The Old Routine, Go-in’ Co’tin from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Lavender Cowboy, complete with Daffy-Down-Dilly, the horse, The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart and many others.


Comedy was supplied by Pat Vanderwoif and Rachel as Denzil and Hector, sadly not speaking on this occasion, with their version of Denzil, Where’s Your Troosers?’ Fortunately, they made up their differences at the end of the number and departed to much amusement, in full Cornish and Scottish regalia, plus plastic bottoms!

The Compere, Joe May, led everyone skilfully through the programme introducing each number with a few details of the song, and sang two solo, The Colours Of My Life, from Barnum. and ‘You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two, from Oliver. He also led a sing-song comprising three Al Jolson numbers, I’m Sitting on Top Of The World, Im Looking Over a Four-leaf Clover and finishing with Baby Face. The audience were able to join in as all the words were displayed on the screen, thanks to Liz Parker’s skill with the magic lantern at the back.


Elizabeth Barker read a very amusing and topical poem entitled “The Queen’s Jubilee Visit” detailing a Royal Visit to a small village ‘up North”. Sadly, everything that could go wrong ,went wrong and there was no-one to greet the Queen and Prince Philip. The Queen left a note with her apologies and greetings”.

Musical Director Betty Begbie covered the mysterious letter "X” with a piano solo which the audience were invited to name. Sadly no-one was able to identify "The Willow Waltz" from the TV series The World of Tim Frazer, starring actor Jack Hedley.

Refreshments were served in the first interval and the raffle in the second interval. All the prizes had been donated by the Entertainers and friends. Monies raised on this occasion through donations and raffle ticket sales, amounted to £135.27 all of which help swell church Funds.

In all, a very enjoyable evening for the Entertainers and the audience.

The next Concert will take place on Thursday 6th December 2012. again in aid of Church Funds.


by Betty Begbie


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