That was the year that was – 2008
What a busy and fun filled year it was. In May we were at St Andrew’s Church in Congresbury. This has become one of our regular venues but this time the Joyful Spirit Gospel Choir sung for half of the concert. This was the first time we had joined with them for a concert and we hope it wont be the last.
In mid June we were at the Yatton Infant School Fayre. This is one of our regular outdoor gigs and luckily the weather was kind to us. We were not so lucky when we played outside at the end of June at Grove Park Bandstand, Weston Super Mare. Looking outside from the bandstand the audience seemed to be bathed in warm sunshine. Inside the bandstand we seemed to be in an alternate universe with music stands flying everywhere as gale force winds seemed to flay us. Brr!
Somewhere between Summer and Christmas the band was playing in Bristol for a concert at Dave’s church (from his long past youth) but I wasn’t able to make that one. It didn’t seem long before we were practising Christmas Carols, for a busy Christmas season. We weren’t able to help St. Mary’s in Yatton this year due to a clash of dates but went to Wrington All Saints’ Church for the first time. The size of the audience increased as we played and they’re keen to have us back. We also ended up on their web site that evening!
The following Thursday we were up The Mall. The acoustics were great but we were quite a way from the regular throng of shoppers and didn’t collect as much for the Caring At Christmas charity there as we usually do. Nevertheless an enjoyable evening as usual. Two days later we were at St. Andrew’s in Congresbury again for their regular festive cheer, finishing the year off in the Plough at Congresbury where, certainly for us, there was standing room only! £453.93 raised for Caring at Christmas from the various gigs.
By Paul Cummings January 2009