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As I arrived at the Gulbenkian car park, I noticed that Pip and Alan from the band were already there and were helping a couple who were having trouble starting their car. I asked Pip what the issue was and he replied "As a fully trained musician, I knew exactly what was wrong. It was the battery. It B flat." A loan of a set of jump leads got them going and off they went.
The sides congregated in the theatre café and there was ample opportunity to store up some energy in preparation for the forthcoming exertions by indulging in cake and coffee (or beer!). Then, at the appointed time, we all made our way out to the excellent dancing area just outside the theatre.
Now May 1970 was an interesting month. Highlights include:
Yes, it was 45 years to the day since our snare drummer and squire tied the knot. We could not let the occasion pass unnoticed so a small presentation was made to the happy couple.
And so, on to the dancing. As Oyster had two sides in attendance (men and women), this spread the load so that we had a good rest between performances. For the record, Kettle Bridge danced Annie's, Prescot, Marston 8 and Milnrow. Although the crowd was small to start with, as we approached the start time for the Demon Barbers show, so more people appeared and they all appreciated the show that we put on.
With our participation over, there was the opportunity for us to go inside the theatre to enjoy the Demon Barbers' performance, which many of us did. Most of the show was taken up by them playing the tracks from their latest album, entitled Disco at the Tavern. As noted earlier, as well as some excellent music, there were dances ranging from cotswold, rapper and clog through to hip-hop, all performed with wonderful flair, skill and enthusiasm. It was definitely an experience not to be missed and was an excellent way to end the evening.