April 2019 turned out to be the last of the gala concerts which we had been sponsoring over 11 years for care home residents and others. We were all set for 2020 when Covid came among us and we had to cancel. And even now plans for 2021 are very uncertain.
The stars of the last performance, as always, were the Broadstairs and St Peter's Concert Band. Celebrating their 38 years of music and made up ex professional and amateur musicians, they range in age between 15 and 85 years.
They gave us a marvellous selection: Thunderscrest; An Irish Rhapsody; Clarinet Marmalade; Perpetuum Mobile; Putza (4 Gypsy Dances); and Peter Rabbit and Tales of Beatrix Potter.
The Interval allowed for tea, coffee and biscuits and a quick sprint to the bar before the band were off again with : March - Flag of Freedom; Dance with Wolves (which, from memory, was particulrly enjoyed); Polly -Wolly - Doodle; Selections from ET; Dem 16 Regiment; Paint Your Wagon.
Then it was the Finale and our chance to join in with: Jerusalem; I Vow to Thee My Country; Rule Britannia; and the National Anthem!
The mood was optimistic and we are optimistic still. The scientists seem to have found the treatments and the protections which will permit us to enjoy such nights in the future. Not long now!
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The Rotary Club of Thanet has raised £636.50 through Graham Channon who was last year’s Master at Arms. At Grahams discretion this amount was donated to The MS Society, a charity close to his and our members hearts.more