There was a group of 20 club members at the Heights hotel for today’s interim meeting.
Unfortunately our usual disc jockey and compere Jim had a hospital appointment, so I was drafted in.
I do enjoy this activity, not just for the music chosen but for the tales that are told by the volunteers.
It is always better too if there is a wide choice of music. There are no restrictions on the type of music chosen, so theoretically we could have had a morning of classical music or head bangers. I got the impression though that today’s choices went down well with the audience.
Maureen started us off. We were surprised that she related how her first love was ice skating. She started at age 9, had private lessons, entered figure skating examinations, speed skated and enjoyed doing the ‘head banger’. She stopped due to school examinations and difficulty practicing. She played Guy Mitchell “Singing the Blues” which was used on her first ever dance programme.
Bob told us that the radio was always on in Bethnal Green police station. It was there that he was at times ‘forced’ to listen to classical pieces. After awhile certainly pieces began to appeal and his choice of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” was one of them.
Sue followed and told us some interesting and amusing yarns about her time working for John Lewis. At one stage all her family worked there, getting past the obstacle of the firm not employing people with red hair, (all her family were red heads). She even managed to pinch the MD’s bottom!! She played “Dancing Queen” by ABBA as she often played this on the radio travelling to work.
Janette stepped in for Tom, (ill). She read out about Tom’s time in 1958 when he was stationed in Cyprus with the Royal Engineers and had a pen friend, Debbie, who lived in Plymouth. One Sunday a record request was played on ‘Records from Home’ radio programme. The record was “Dream Lover” by Bobby Darren. He was mocked by his comrades as a result. He never did meet Debbie though.
Lis recalled the time when she lived in Calne as a 15 /16 year old, when Harris’s sausage factory was in the centre of Calne. She had an enthusiastic music teacher who introduced her to singing what is a difficult piece of music to sing. He was on the CD we played. This was “Pie Jesu” by Faure. We also heard some of “In pasadisum” as well.
When Jim is I.C., he usually finishes with “We have all the time in the World” Louis Armstrong, so I did the same.
A really big thank you to the volunteers for their tales / stories they told us and the music selected.
20 February 2020