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Concert in Queens Park Loughborough
A larger than usual crowd sheltered under hedges and trees and umbrellas as they tried to get into shade on one of the hottest days of a very hot summer. And the park was busy with a Scout event and for some time we had no chairs to use in the band stand. However, we got the word that we had to collect our own and the band never blinked and went to collect them. (Except the Alto Saxophone players who sit on the bench at the back!)
The resulting hold ups did mean the audience had a longer wait than planned but were rewarded for their patience with a programme to please all listeners.
We started with the rousing Light of Foot and progressed through the lively waltz, Belle of the Ball. Other favourites included Coronation Scot, Yesterday, Sea Shanties and Star Wars. Come Fly With Me received a cheer as did Magnificent Men and Hootenanny.
With extreme heat (and hardly time for a half time ice cream!) and the chair problem, band members showed their character as well has their musical talents. We all realise that these are the snags of playing outdoors – we cannot predict the weather or how busy park staff are. But it’s always a rewarding concert as families spread rugs and listen with ice creams or a picnic. Long may it continue!
LCB at St Botolph's Church, Shepshed