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Excuse me, Miss, what's a Bunfight ....?

Bunfights, best described as ceilidhs-with-spots, are an important part of Berkshire Bedlam tradition. If you're interested in how the Bunfights first came about, click here to read Stuart Barry's account of the first few such events.......

Nowadays the Bunfight is an annual event which is always great fun for everyone attending, young or old - and great to see such a wide range of ages in recent years. It is held on the last Saturday in November, traditionally at the California Ratepayers Hall, Finchampstead, (click here for map) and the main feature is a ceilidh, always with an excellent band. Each year there is a different overall theme which people are welcome to dress in line with, but this is entirely optional. As well as various other entertainments, BB usually perform a couple of spots during the evening, the second of which is a showpiece non-Morris spot that has nothing to do with the evening's theme and everything to do with the most bizarre idea they have come up with since the last bizarre idea. The challenge is always to get down to the standard of previous years and amazingly they often succeed.

Lowlights over the years have included Flashdance, Schwarzkopf, YMCA, the famous Cockneys, Berkshire Bumfolosi, The Swans, The Men In Various Things including Black, Black and White, Tights, and Coloured Ties, The Can-Can, Bolshoi Bedlam, Keystone Cops, the All Star Cheerleaders, the Smurfs, the Charleston Champions, Austin Powers, and literally the lowest of all the spots : the legendary 'Stumpton', a spot still talked of in revered tones today, mainly due to the leapfrogs, or more accurately stumpfrogs. The most recent Bunfight was in November 2016, once again at the California Ratepayers Hall, with band Panjandrum, caller 'Mr. Marvellous' Nick Walden, and a theme of 'Living La Vida Bunfight - Bunfight goes to South America!'. Another great evening, with the usual brilliant array of outfits, including it would seem all the animals of the rainforest plus a lone tree. We had great music from Panjandrum, a South American Cavalier including 2 dancers making their BB debuts, Irish Bingo, and later on a mysterious dance in red and blue bags, making it difficult to see who had gone wrong (not that anyone did of course!). Another great evening!

Some recent years Bunfights have been selling out, so book early to avoid disappointment for 2017 - Sat 25th November 2017 - band The Diatonics, caller again Nick Walden, venue California Ratepayers Hall, RG40 3RL, theme 'A Hard Day's Bunfight!'. Advance tickets are on sale now, price 12 for adults, 6 under 18s, and the ticket price as usual includes beer / wine / soft drinks.
To reserve, email Malcolm - malcolmmajor at ntlworld dot com, or phone or text 07715 294568, or contact any other member of Berkshire Bedlam.

Meanwhile to whet your appetite here's a list of past Bunfight themes, spots, and souvenir photos ....

 


2017   -   Band - Diatonics  Theme - A Hard Day's Bunfight   Main spot - you'll have to come to see!

 


2016   -   Band - Panjandrum  Theme - Living La Vida Bunfight   Main spot - Men in Bags

 



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2015   -   Band - Steamchicken  Theme - Bunfight on the High Seas   Main spot - Austin Powers

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2014   -   Band - Steamchicken  Theme - Comics   Main spot - Men in Coloured Ties

     


 
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2013   -   Band - Tickled Pink  Theme - Scotland   Main spot - Black and White Dance

 


 
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2012   -   Band - Tickled Pink  Theme - Down on the Farm   Main spot - Men in Black - Gangnam Style

   

 


2011   -   Band - Tickled Pink  Theme - France   Main spot - Charleston Champions

 

 


2010   -   Band - Committee Band  Theme - Space   Main spot - Belgian Blue Boys a.k.a. The Smurfs

 

            

  


2009   -   Band - Committee Band  Theme - Circus   Main spot - BB All Stars Cheerleaders

 
 


2008   -   Band - Random  Theme - Myths and Legends   Main spot - Men in Tights



2007   -   Band - Random  Theme - Heroes and Villains   Main spot - Keystone Kops

  
 


2006   -   Band - Phungus  Theme - Carry On At The Bunfight   Main spot - Bolshoi Bedlam

  
 

   


2005   -   Band - Phungus  Theme - Bunfight at the OK Corral   Main spot - The Can-Can

 


2004   -   Band - Phungus  Theme - Schooldays   Main spot - Men in Black

   
       
     


2003   -   Band - Phungus  Theme - A Day at the Races   Main spot - 'Flame' sword dance

Sadly no pictures survive of this epic evening, but rest assured it was good!


2002    -   Band - Phungus  Theme - The Underground     Main spot - 633 Squadron

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2001    -   Band - Phungus  Theme - Mysteries of the East     Main spot - Flashdance

 

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2000    -   Band - Phungus  Theme - Australia     Main spot - Jake the Peg

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1999   -   Theme - Fin de Siecle   Main spot - Berkshire Bumfolosi

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1998   -   Theme - Latin   Main spot - Los Bastidos Morosos


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1997   -   Theme - A Day at the Seaside   Main spot - The Swans a.k.a. Duck Pond

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1996   -   Theme - Hammer House of Horror   Main spot - Gilbert and Sullivan

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1995   -   Theme - Pantomime   Main spot - Y.M.C.A.

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1994   -   Theme - Old London Town   Main spot - The Cockney Dance

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1993   -   Theme - Children's storybook characters   Main spot - The Boxes

   


1992   -   Theme - Europe   Main spot - Schwarzkopf


1991   -   Theme - Rolf Harris   Main spot - Stilts / Paint Pots


1990   -   Theme - Battle of Britain   Main spot - Stumpton


1989   -   Theme - Revolution   Main spot - Aristocrats v Peasants

                


1988   -   Theme - Bad Taste   Main spot - Blindfold Dance

        


1987   -   Theme - Opposite Gender   Main spot -

     


1986   -   Theme -    Main spot - Punch and Judy

 



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