Christmas Dinner and Entertainment at the Springs, 17th December . by Phil Barr
After the disappointment of being informed that the morning’s gig in the Ridings had been cancelled owing to understandable covid concerns on the part of the YAA, the band piled in to the Springs en masse as three o’clock approached , exchanging kisses under the mistletoe as they entered and wine bottles at the ready.The volunteer staff had done a wonderful job preparing the hall for Christmas bookings and Elizabeth had, in her typically thorough and unassuming way set out seating plans together with details of what we had ordered which undoubtedly helped avoid potential chaos and things turning nasty.
The Christmas meal itself was very good and the pudding very more -ish but it was the warm and friendly service from the Springs staff which really made the afternoon such a delight. Nothing was too much trouble and the only hint of anxiety that I sensed was on the part of the servers circling the tables with surplus soup which they seemed very keen to dispense to those of us who hadn’t ordered any!
Once the meal was over there was an unexpected star act featuring Linda and her wild west indian troupe (see Richard’s captions on photos for details) who had surreptitiously disappeared in to a side room only to appear in colourful outfits to accompany their rendition of Running Bear with Pop being the chosen victim. Thelma drummed out out the haunting rhythm and the uke players showed the rest of us how it should be done. They were rewarded with raucous applause which was fully deserved.
As if that wasn’t enough there were also superb solo performances by Mike and by Pop who also duetted with Peter at the end as people reluctantly began to depart.
Many thanks to Elizabeth in organising this event which was a great success.