Black Country Evening
Saturday 7th March 2020
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A very successful ‘Black Country’ themed evening was held at the Club on the evening of Saturday 7th March as an ‘antidote’ to the St David’s Day Dinner held previously in the week.
The President, Rob Hill, gave words of welcome to the 40 or so assembled company and a brief outline of the format of the evening and entertainment.
To commence, the meal was served by Tracy and team with a choice of starter of either Tim’s oxtail soup or prawn cocktail, followed by a main course with three options, fish in sauce, belly pork or faggots hand prepared by Tim, all with creamy mash potatoes, garden peas and mushy peas. The sweet was home-made trifle or Eve’s pudding with coffee and mints to finish.
The ‘headline’ entertainment for the event was provided by the Abengarth Folk Duo, consisting of our own Rob Hill and his singing partner ‘Goff’ Partridge. They sang and played both duo and solo items from a repertoire of country and western and folk songs, some from their CD, “Full Circle” and others including the amusing “Cradley Heath Song” and the “Stourbridge Song”.
The main programme was interspersed with two guest acts.
First, Kenneth Wright, dressed appropriately in ‘black country’ attire, recited a poem, which he had entitled ‘Comrades’, about an encounter, in the trenches of the First World War, between a soldier of the South Staffordshire Regiment and a French soldier. This was both amusing and touching.
This was later followed by the second guest artiste, Paul ‘Scratch’ Thatcher, who performed several songs from his stock of Jake Thackery numbers with his usual style and eclat and a very amusing and risqué song entitled “I’ve Got A Locket In Me Pocket” by Pete Boddis, a local singer/songwriter.
Audience participation throughout the evening was encouraged and all were able to sing-along with several of the well-known numbers, particularly the chorus of Paul’s rendition of the song mentioned above.
To conclude the entertainment and as an encore, Rob and Goff gave an excellent acapella performance of ‘Over The Hills And Far Away”.
A raffle organised by Rob Hill and Kenneth and Annabelle Wright, with some interesting and topical prizes, raised £100 for Club funds. All in all a most enjoyable and entertaining evening.