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you can read about our earlier year's activities in our previous year's diaries
Astounding! Astonishing! A-unbelievable! BB have made it to its 40th year!
And the year started with BB in reasonably good shape. Long term injuries to
some of our experienced dancers had been a problem, but the welcome sight of
some new dancers had meant the team approached its 40th birthday year
And one of our new dancers, Charles, was quickly in action at the first event of
the year, a Haddenham ceilidh on 4th February with the Bursledon Band. We did a
4 dance spot, with Charles joining for the final Jolly Jockey. All went well, no
injuries, minimal dropped sticks - a good start to the year!
After the rarity for BB of a Sunday practice at a mirrored dance studio in
Woodley in February, a great opportunity for several of the team to keep
admiring themselves throughout, the first outdoor event was on Sunday 23rd April
with a day at the Oxford Folk Festival, with both Charles and Ben playing a full
part. Another good day's dancing, at the end of which we were approached by a
Spanish TV crew making some sort of promotional film, and we were asked to have
a speaking part. This turned out to be repeating several times "welcome to
Oxford!" - I think by the end we had it nailed.
Next, on Wednesday 10th May, came a dance out at the Queens Head in Wokingham
along with Windsor Morris to celebrate our illustrious foreman's 50th birthday.
A cheerful evening, though Jameson claimed to be unimpressed by Sue and Bob's
Lucy Worsley masks, claiming his allegiance had switched to Alice Roberts.
However we noticed at the end of the evening he quietly made off with the Lucy
Worsleys, to do with them we know not what...
The following weekend came one of the season's highlights with a weekend away,
mainly to attend the JMO Day of Dance in Leicester, but also to celebrate
David's forthcoming marriage to Heather. Saturday started with an opening
ceremony in Jubilee Square, and was followed by spots in Halford Street, at the
Clock Tower, at the Jewry Wall Museum, the Newarke Houses Museum, and finally
Leicester Cathedral, now the home to Richard III. Some of the team were a
little unkind about the size of Leicester's Cathedral, but really (though I must
declare some slight personal bias here) could there be a better city in England
for Richard to finally rest his bones? (Though of course he had been resting
them there for a while under a car park). The day finished with a closing ceremony
in Jubilee Square, where BB were one of very few teams invited to perform one
dance in front of the 60 assembled teams (Windsor were another).
Overall the dancing on the day went well - except - well, the day was partly a
celebration for David, and some of the team thought the best way to celebrate
was to have a bottle of whisky to pass round. My, weren't people thirsty! - and
the bottle was soon followed by a second one. It was the second one, I'm afraid,
that was David's downfall - to the extent that when performing in a 12 man
Cavalier at the Cathedral, he had to be prodded around from place to place
throughout. By the time he got to the closing ceremony he really wasn't too
well, and had to be helped back to the fortunately nearby Travelodge where
several of the team were staying.
That evening a celebration dinner had been arranged at the Queen of Bradgate
bar/restaurant, but unfortunately David was unable to make it. Nevertheless it
was a fun evening, and the props that had been brought to dress up David instead
found their way onto Tom. And later on, just as we had done 6 years earlier
after the equivalent meal for Jameson's the forthcoming marriage, we went back
to the hotel and watched the closing stages of the Eurovision Song Contest! We
know how to live in BB.
The next day we had planned a rendezvous at The Bell in Adderbury, a morris
friendly pub conveniently on the way home from Leicester. A recovered David was
able to take part in the dancing, and we were able to apply the various props he
had missed the previous evening. What a great air guitarist he proved to be!
Then just 3 weeks later, on Saturday3rd June, came the actual wedding. This was
held in Worplesdon, near Guildford, and BB and Windsor had been invited along to
the evening celebration at Worplesdon Memorial Hall following the lunchtime
ceremony. David and Heather looked resplendent throughout, and both of them were
able to join in a couple of dances with their sides outside the hall with the
wedding guests looking on. This included (for the first time ever) a joint
dance, Highland Mary with BB on one side and Windsor facing them on the other,
both doing their normal steps - it worked surprisingly well. The morris dancing
finished with BB's Fairies and (of course) a magic arch through which all the
guests duly proceeded led by David and Heather, before heading inside for a hog
roast and a live band. A great occasion and a well matched couple!
Reports from earlier years are also available - 2016
You can also see pictures of all events in the various Picture