December 14. Before Texas Gun started this evening’s entertainment compère Danny announced that, sadly, John Nash, one of our regulars, had passed away since our last event and, as is customary at the Best of British CMC, he will be honoured with others we have lost this year at the annual performance of the Trilogy in February.
As in 2018 the entertainment for our Christmas event was provided by Texas Gun. Last year George Payling Snr. and Jnr. appeared as a duo but this time they were joined by the accomplished musician Derek Thurlby. Playing steel and lead guitar he added an extra dimension and I was particularly pleased because the steel guitar is one of my favourite instruments. With the hall seasonably decorated, mulled wine and mince pies handed out on arrival, it didn’t take long for the band and their audience to get into the festive spirit. The floor was crowded when a Christmas Medley gave an early opportunity for a partners Barn Dance and a singalong, which for some who did both was multi-tasking.
The second set started with a (mostly) Scottish medley with the two Georges appropriately wearing kilts. Responding to a request for a carol they sung Silent Night which attracted good audience participation and a full circle up for a waltz. Of course there was plenty of good country music throughout and for me a welcome feature was some newer material that I don’t recall hearing from Texas Gun previously including Bonaparte’s Retreat. This excellent Christmas Show was brought to a fitting conclusion with a large circle for Best of Friends and Auld Lang Syne.
Congratulations to Jenny and Colin who held a draw for a doll and raised £300 for MacMillan Nurses. Mary thanked everyone for their support during the year and those who generously donated some wonderful prizes towards a bumper raffle.