On Saturday 9th July 2022 we performed at Pennard Carnival. We had Sian and Kev as main musicians with Alex D, Alex H, Alison, Keith, Ken, Nigel and Stewart dancing so 8 person dances were off the list.
The day started brightly in Kittle at 12 noon. We danced on the green to a small but appreciative audience. The Beaufort Arms opened up early for us as we can be persuasive. Highlight of the day was the ride on an open-top bus from Kittle to the roundabout by Southgate stores. Lowlight of the day was walking back through the village to the playing fields in a diesel cloud behind the lovely old bus. We managed to send some friends into the Southgate club to fill our tankards to help us cope with the heat and dry throats. The procession was bigger than previous years and lots of villagers were out on the street to cheer everyone on.
Once at the carnival field there was the inevitable hanging around while we waited to perform in the main arena. We eventually danced a lively set of half a dozen dances but it was less than ideal as it was on grass and the audience were miles away.
The carnival was busy and business was as brisk as ever at the W.I. tea and cake stall. We didn’t explore the carnival to any great extent as we were captivated by the MC and rooted to our spot by the arena.
Words by Nigel.
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