Summer show, 2011
Saturday June 25
MARGARET DEWICK REPORTS
Bob and I got to Rhos Farm at 11am,
in the rain, to decorate the marquees and set up stalls. Mo and
Bob Cooper arrived with their merchandise as did the Animals in Need
Colin Paul, Daniel Heeney and Rob Dee set up the PA system for the entertainment. Gail and Albert were helping Jenny with the mountains of food for the buffet and barbecue. The rain continued!
In the afternoon Jenny's sister Sandra set up the silent auction, which contained a large drawing of Billy, a trip for two to Florida, tea with Jean in Liverpool, and a competition to guess the number of leaves in a jar. She also helped with the tombola.
Gail manned the fan club merchandise tables and Pat and friends did the animal charity tent.
The music started with Daniel playing Billy tracks in the entertainment marquee and people started taking their seats.
Hot and cold drinks were served in Jenny's reconstructed bird-watching tower which was originally built by Billy.
There was a fantastic buffet tent provided by Jenny and friends as well as a barbecue.
During the afternoon the Billy Museum was open and you could also put a bet on the Derby in the nearby building.
We were hoping Billy's mum Jean would be coming, but as Albie is so ill she stayed with him. We all sent our best wishes, especially as it was Albie's birthday the following day.
Daniel opened the proceedings with a few songs sung 'Eden Kane' style before introducing Colin Paul who did a fantastic set.
Colin's wife Sarahlea and little daughter Grace were in the audience.
Rob Dee came on next and sang several Billy songs before Colin came on for another hour.
During this time raffle tickets were being sold in aid of Animals in Need.
Jenny was called up on stage and presented with a donation for 'Animals in Need'.
At 11pm Daniel finished with some rock'n'roll tracks for those who wanted to dance.
The last competition of the night was Daniel offering his collection of 10 hours of Billy tracks, over 250 songs, as the 'ultimate Billy Fury prize'.
Those of us wanting to enter joined in a circle and had to name a song recorded by Billy. If a track was named twice or someone could not name one they were out of the circle. In the end it came down to Brenda Basnett and Margaret Dewick naming tracks. The winner was Margaret! Hooray!
It was a great night even with the rain and wind.