Gourdness gracious

Last night’s concert was a lot of fun.

Mike PawsonFirst of all we were pleased to welcome a guest player, Mike Pawson, who joined us on Soprano. Mike, who was on holiday in the area, plays with Avonbank (Evesham) Band. We are always more than pleased when visitors ask to sit in so if you’re coming to Lyme on holiday just pop along and see us on the Marine Parade any Tuesday evening throughout July and August – we start to gather from 7.00 pm onwards ready to play from 8.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

It was the turn of our solo cornet, Kathy Smith, to take centre stage last night and she gave a lovely rendition of The Way we Were.

During the evening we were somewhat puzzled when local horticulturalist, Nigel Ball, stepped up to the microphone between numbers with a strange package under his arm. Nigel is a keen supporter of theGourd band and comperes our annual Christmas Concert. He and his family attend most of our summer concerts on Marine Parade and Nigel is well known for demanding an encore at the end of our performances, bless him! It transpired that Nigel has been growing a crop of what we learnt were Tromboncino squashes and he had two prime specimens with him which he “lent” to our two trombone players, Adrian and Geoff. Whatever next? – you never know with Nigel….

Last night the view across the bay was breathtaking, with the sea calm and every shade of blue, a beautiful pinky mauve sky and to top it all the moon appearing as we packed up. It was a lovely evening all round: great setting, great audience and, we hope, great music.

Lifeboat Week starts on Saturday and we will be accompanying the hymns for the RNLI Songs of Praise, which commences at 3.00 pm on Sunday afternoon.

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