1 May 2009 - Barming Bridge

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Kettle Bridge's dance over "our" bridge over the Medway at Barming is always a special event but this year had even greater significance, because it marked the official start of our Silver Jubilee year.

To mark the event, as many past members as possible were invited to attend and we enjoyed an excellent turn out. This year's traditional cake was even more spectacular than usual, featuring a collage of photographs of Kettle Bridge "through the ages" and, as an extra special treat, some celebratory "bubbly" was laid on. There was a short informal ceremony where medals were awarded to the founder members, Val and Sandy, and the other long servers. Congratulations and well done!

The dancers and band then congregated on the south side of the bridge for a quick photo shoot with a photographer from the Kent Messenger newspaper. Squire Carol then led the dancers across the bridge in time honoured fashion. This was followed by a few display dances including the KBC Processional, which has apparently not been seen in public for many a year, and Churchtown, which gave the appreciative audience a chance to participate.

With the light beginning to fade, it was up the hill to The Bull for a few more dances including a first outing for Garstang and our signature piece Yellow Rose. The final act of the official proceedings, before adjourning to the bar, was the presentation of an aptly named Silver Jubilee Rose plant by the members of Kettle Bridge to the two remaining founder members, Val and Sandy. They can be really proud of the pleasure and fun that they have brought to dancers and audience alike over 25 wonderful years.

The Kettle Bridge Clogs Silver Jubilee year has now officially begun!