Dec 02 2017

Saturday 2nd December 2017

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We went in for our breakfast quite early. What a choice! I ended up having poached haddock and a kipper! I do love my fish. Of course Mal had to have the fry up!! He did choose some fresh fruit as well.

I sent Ollie some pictures and told him Grandad had shrunk because he hadn’t eaten enough! Of course we had to throw coins in and make a wish at the tap.

 An afternoons entertainment with the Ric Sanders Trio. Always brilliant.

We had dinner later and then were amazed that people started queuing for Centre Stage at 5.30 and the doors didn’t open until 7! Instead we went to watch a couple of the new bands.

We joined the queue at ten to 7! There must have been at least 2,000 people in there but most people wanted a table and near the bar. We were there for the music and managed to get the fourth row back almost centre stage! OK our drinks were on the floor but you just had to grab them if anyone went past!  The first act was last years newcomer winner which wasn’t our sort of music and then followed by the mighty Fairport.

I have never in all the years of watching Fairport seen Simon Nicol get so emotional when he introduced Sandy Denny’s “Where does the time go”, saying that while the people who have left us are still in our memories they have not gone. He even kissed his guitar when he finished the number. None of this did me any good at all! Good thing it was dark.

The final act of the night was Merry Hell. They are a northern band who we love but we have never seen live because they don’t seem to travel south. They were brilliant and I am sure the best band of the weekend and that says something to top Fairport and their 50 year history. That cheered me up even their rendition of ‘Bury me naked’ which I even played to Torin once saying how true, all the clutter we accumulate in our lives, for what?!

They really are great performers in every sense of the word.

Well, we even managed to stay awake for it all! Maybe because there were a lot of singalongs.

Thought for the Day – “Sometimes it only takes one good song to bring back thousands of good, old memories.”

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