A HEALTHY AND HAPPY 2018 FROM GLYN AND ALLAN…DANDY COMEDY
Sorry for the belated greetings, folks. Can’t offer any real excuse except Winter Blues. Hard to get going. Anything seems preferable to getting anything meaningful done. The list of jobs is as far as it gets. Some of you may have ventured on to the Facebook page and already be up to date with the “Diary of 2 Very Boring Elderly People who despite disbelief still go out to entertain other people (who are easily pleased) “.
First 2 months of this year have flown past in a heady cloud of Bacon Baps at Dunelms, Toast at Costa and afternoon naps. We did fit in a week in Gran Canaria….where the average rainfall for January is 3 days in the month…we had 4 of them! Himself aka The Hub has had to come to terms with becoming 70. It helped that we were with friends Pauline and Roger in a Music Bar in Meloneras and pretending we could still dance like 16 year olds. The following morning told a different story! Us Baby Boomers find it hard to accept growing older with anything like good grace.
We have already done several gigs so I will list them for the record and scatter a few photos when possible.
7th WALMLEY GOLF CLUB for a private joint Birthday celebration. Lovely afternoon. Thank you to all.
18th THE BEACON VILLAGE, LICHFIELD. Good to be back here among so many old friends.
20th SUTTON COLDFIELD GOLDIESLEY CLUB. Splendid night made even better by Sausage and Mash and good company.
24th BURNTWOOD MEMORIAL HALL STARLIGHT SHOW for our friends Mike and Carol with Debbie Miles.
9th SUTTON ARTS THEATRE. Great night. Lovely to see so many friends who had come along to support us.
10th HAMMERWICH BOWLS AND CRICKET CLUB with our friends ETERNITY DUO aka Nicky and Cliff. Another great night with our friends here who have come along to join in the fun for so many years. Thanks to Ronnie for asking us along and for Allan’s Present which fell into the category “Gifts for the Old and Infirm”.
11th WHITTINGTON CHURCH HALL. Thanks to Margo and Alistair and the team for all of their hard work again. Brilliant afternoon as always. Then back home and straight out again to watch Vivo and friends at Knowle British Legion. Felt very fragile Monday morning.
16th BEAUDESERT GOLF CLUB. Our first visit here….but we are returning next year. Thank you to Grace for the invitation. Great crowd.
17th NEWPORT BOWLS CLUB. This is about our 10th year visiting the Club. They are friends now after so many years. Love them. Incredible amounts of money raised again for Cancer Research and for Alzheimers.
23rd LULLINGTON VILLAGE HALL. Out to South Derbyshire to the sweet village of Lullington again. Wonderful meal and a warm welcome. Thank you so much everyone involved.
24th KINGS NORTON GOLF CLUB ….BUDDY HOLLY TRIBUTE NIGHT with MIKE BERRY AND THE OUTLAWS. This again is about the 10th year. Mike Berry is looking and sounding better than ever…and we saw him for the first time when we were about 16. Big thanks to Dave and Eve Slater who organise this event each year and get a full house each time. Mike and the band come ome onstage and the dance floor fills mmediately. Fabulous night. Our spot was somewhat marred for me by my severe Migraine attack. Allan and his bloody striped jacket! We had to leave as soon as we had finished. Already booked in for next year. Meanwhile you can see Mike on the Sixties Show touring the theatres.
Much catching up to do as I cast my mind back to the gigs we did in March.
First Friday saw us at the REDHOUSE ALBRIGHTON . This was an event orgnised by Yvonne Riley and her team to raise money for the Lifeboats. Great turnout and especially nice to catch up with my old boss from Wodensborough High School…Head of Science…Ken Aston. This had been postponed from earlier when we had the big Snow in. Thanks to all for giving it a go.
9TH March and we are at a new venue for us. This is the village of ELLERDINE. What a lovely surprise when we arrive and find an old friend from folk club days waiting for us. Great to catch up Gary and to meet Lorraine. The people despite bad weather were very bouncy and keen to enjoy themselves. Thanks for a great night. You are all such good sports
Saturday night and we are back with our friends at NEWCHURCH VILLAGE HALL. We have been coming here a few years now. Great to catch up with them all again. Many thanks to Rachel and Gordon.
Tonight we are in SOLIHULL for the LIONS DISTRICT CONVENTION. Bit of a strange one….apparently it had been advertised as a Pigeon Fanciers Gathering to fit in with a Black Country Theme. Bit disconcerting to have the front table all wearing rubber pigeon heads!
Bad weather tonight. Snow on the ground, freezing cold but the people of WOODSEAVES braved it all and sat in their coats all night. The Wartime spirit was recaptured and brought us all together. We had a great night. Thanks to all.
Long journey for us tonight. Over at BRIMFIELD for LITTLE HEREFORD and BRIMFIELD BOWLS CLUB. Luckily the weather was okay and we had a good crowd.
Nice and local tonight at a very familiar place…ELFORD VILLAGE HALL. A while since we have done this for the village itself. Good to see so many old friends turn up. So annoyed I had lost my voice…but thems the breaks!
Back at BRIMFIELD tonight for Carole Powell and the BRIMFIELD AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. A tense time waiting for a call from Carol’e husband concerning one of the cows and a difficult birth. Great folk.
Tonight we are working back at HAMMERWICH CRICKET CLUB for a lady who is holding her 80th Birthday party here. We are with our good friends ETERNITY DUO. Lovely night.
Monday means we are over at ALDRIDGE MASONIC LODGE and this is another gig that had to be postponed during ths snowy weather just after Christmas. They still went ahead and had the Christmas meal and all the deccys.
BIRLINGHAM VILLAGE HALL….What a beautiful village this is. We had a good walk round and it was a lovely night. Thanks to all for making us welcome.
Saturday 21st and we are out on a glorious sunny day in the Cotswolds to entertain at a Golden Wedding Anniversary. We have known Val and Chris quite some time now and we know most of their friends. What a wonderful time we all had. Lovely people.
Back to the homeland tonight. We are at WEDNESBURY MASONIC HALL. This is the day when the big water mains had burst just down the road..but everything went ahead and they did the soup and coffee with bottled water. I knew quite a few of the people there. Loved it.
Tonight we are at a familiar venue. We over over at PEOPLETON, Worcester. John and June have been inviting us over there for many years. A lot of money has been raised during those years and on this night the audience raised the grand sum of £1450…some towards the upkeep of the village hall and £900 towards the work of ST. JOHN’S HOSPICE. Well done to all. Great to see so many friends.
Great to be back tonight at ALCESTER UNIONIST CLUB. This is only our second time here but the people seem like old friends. Thy make us so very welcome. Thanks again for a great night.
Saturday 5th May and we are appearing with a friend of ours from the Black Country Night Out Tour…Mr. Peter Lee. We are over at BREWOOD JUBILEE HALL for the BOWLS CLUB. Great to see friends from folk club days..from Brewood and Bridgnorth etc. Thank you all so much for coming. It was a great night.
Tonight we are at HALL GREEN HOME GUARD but we are performing for a Masonic Lodge. Strange arrangement in that we had to set up our P.A. in the Bowling Alley. We made sure we hid the bowls before we started. Didn’t look a promising venue but the crowd were lovely. Would have been even better if the Staff there after serving the meal had not sat at the back and talked loudly through our second half!
Heading out to STRATFORD RACECOURSE. Lovely group of people who own ROMA Motorhomes. Mostly from the south of England but they have learned to understand us by now. Thanks to all for a good night.
End of the month and a beautiful day as we head over to ALDRIDGE to ANCHORAGE 55 Club for their special event. It is our second time here. Good to catch up with them all again.
Busy day today. We are spending the afternoon with CANNOCK WOOD AND GENTLESHAW LADIES FLOWER ARRANGING CLUB. We did this gig a couple of years ago. They really are a great audience and are so receptive. Thanks to Sue for inviting us again and thanks to the ladies for being fantastic .
Later on the same day…after a brief nap we are back on the road en route to WALMLEY GOLF CLUB. We are here to help celebrate Roger’s 70th Birthday along with his family and friends. He looks incredibly young. Thanks to all for making it so easy for us and especially to Roger and Carol for having faith in us. They are a lovely couple.
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Happy to be back at CURDSWORTH performing for CURDSWORTH W. I. Great to see our good friends Janet and John on the front table. Great turn out for their “Pudding Night”. Thanks to all.
One of our favourite Village Halls over at GENTLESHAW to help the ladies of the W.I. celebrate their 90th Anniversary.
Asssisted Living Complex over at PENKRIDGE. Lovely crowd. Thanks to all.
Today is the start of the ” A Black Country Night Out Tour” at the GRAND THEATRE, Wolverhampton. Sad to be missing our Top of Bill Act …IAN SLUDGE LEES who sadly died in the summer. He had been on the show for several years with us. Olly Spencer has taken his spot and Wayne Beese is compering. New face to the show along with Joe Thomas and The Empty Can along with ourselves.
CHORLEY VILLAGE HALL and it is planned as a PEAKY BLINDERS NIGHT which seems to be an alternative to a BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT. I dresses up as Aunt Polly and Al dressed up as an elderly Peaky. The audience seemed unsure who the P. B. were. Good excuse for a new frock though.
Back to one of our favourite venues…the WISHAW GOLF CLUB . Lovely night with them all. Thanks for the great reception as always.
STAFFORD ROTARY Club have invited us over for their special President’s Night over at UTTOXETER RACE COURSE. Very Posh Do. Allan had even had a wash and nearly combed his hair. Have to say I find it a very spooky place. Lovely crowd and a very nice. D.J.
BROOME VILLAGE HALL. This caught me on the hop. When we got there it was a full on PEAKY BLINDERS’ NIGHT. I had not got me Aunt Polly gear on so I felt a bit out of it. The crowd were wild but in a good way. Really taken the theme on board and were fully decked out in costume.
On homeground tonight at our own village hall here in NORTON CANES. Sharing the bill with our very good friends..ETERNITY DUO. …Nicky and Cliff. Full house and a great night. Thanks to all.
BLACK COUNTRY THEATRE NIGHT OUT at the ARTRIX THEATRE, BROMSGROVE. Great to catch up with schoolfriend from Wednesfield Grammar..Roger Pitt.
Working for a Rambling Club tonight over at KIDDERMINSTER RUGBY CLUB. Working with an old friend from Folk Club Days…one man band BRIAN T. WILLIAMS. Lovely night.
EDGMOND W.I. have booked us tonight for their party over Newport way. Bad weather and lots of traffic hold ups but turned out a lovey night in the end.
Haven’t been here to HINTS VILLAGE HALL for many, many years. What a wonderful crowd they were. Had a surprise when Colin and Sue Bailey turned up. Great to see them again. Thanks to all for warm welcome.
KIDDERMINSTER ROSE THEATRE with the B.C. Night Out Show. Sell out and a great crowd. Thanks to all.
BRIDGNORTH THEATRE ON THE STEPS with B.C. Night Out.
BRERETON BOAT CLUB who were holding their special night at the BRERETON FOOTBALL CLUB. Worked for them many times. Nice people. Good to catch up with Alan and Pat, Dave and Jess and many others.
SOUTH STAFFS GOLF CLUB for a private party. We feel very much at home here and we know most of the staff and the people who use the club.
PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE, CANNOCK with the B.C. THEATRE NIGHT OUT TOUR. Big thanks to the wonderful Staff here who were so helpful.
SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL with the B.C. NIGHT OUT THEATRE TOUR.
Big Celebration over at KINGS HEATH BRITISH LEGION for the ROYAL AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION. Great to meet up again with so many friendly faces from the past.
CORE THEATRE SOLIHULL with the B.C. NIGHT OUT THEATRE TOUR. Great last night with so many of our friends turning up to support us. Thanks to all.
HARTLEBURY VILLAGE HALL and it is a private party for people we have known over many years.
STONE MANOR and again it is a private party for Christina. Lovely lady.
Gig over at WELLINGTON . Lovely crowd who lived in a local Assisted Living Complex. Thanks to all for coming up and chatting.
Halloween Night over at MERE GREEN CLUB, SUTTON COLDFIELD.
BARFORD VILLAGE HALL to celebrate 10 years of Success for the Village Owned and voluntarily run General Store. Great to be back here for such a lovely night.
One of our favourite gigs…nice and local..at CHASETOWN FOOTBALL CLUB. Thanks to John for asking us back again and thanks to the wonderful crowd who keep coming and supporting the event.
Back at WOOTTON WAWEN out near Stratford. We have been coming here for many years. Thanks once again to Tina, Nick and all the crowd for giving us such a great time.
Over at NEWHAMPTON ARTS CENTRE, WOLVERHAMPTON for the second of 2 Concerts celebrating the life of our friend, JOHN HENDLEY, who sadly, left us in January 2018. These 2 concerts were Charity Fundraisers for British Heart Foundation. Fabulous crowd. Thanks to all.
Back again at ALCESTER TOWN HALL for Rotary. We have been doing this gig for over 10 years and it is so good to come back each year and see them. Wonderful crowd…and fish and chips..Many thanks to Nick and Cam and the team.
Fund Raiser for ACORN HOSPICE. This was organised by our friends MALFUNCTION and their friends and we shared the night. Great crowd. Thanks to all of our friends who came along and supported the event.
ASTLEY ABBOTS out at the back of BRIDGNORTH. Second time we have done it…but we still got badly lost. Thanks to Charles and all for making us so welcome and for their work o the Hall.
TAMWORTH INDOOR BOWLS CLUB. Second visit here and a full house. Allan finally realised…Eyes bigger than belly..Had to go outside as he felt wobbly. Too many fish and chips..wolfed down…right on stage and leaning on a radiator…wearing a vest and furry insoles. What can I say!!
AYMESTRY VILLAGE HALL is a quite a long way out of the back of Ludlow. Although we have played it many times and driven right home we decided at our great age…it would be preferable to stay in Travel Lodge in Ludlow overnight. Bed murdered me back but Allan was more than happy with his breakfast at the Squirrel.
DRAYCOTT IN THE MARSH. This is for our friends..Janet and John Smith and their Probus Group. We had already been to suss the room but had turned up at the wrong Draycott. Apparently there are several… in Clay, on Moor, up Tree etc. Nice people and it went well.
Fund raiser forWALSALL BREAST CANCER CARE CHARITY GROP at the BONSER SUITE, WALSALL FOOTBALL CLUB. Thanks so much to Pat Viggers and team for asking us along and big thanks to our friends….Alan and Paula Vurlan for coming along to support us on the night.
AVONCRAFT ARTS CENTRE for Fairfield Bowls Club. We had worked for them before and they are a great crowd. Thanks to all…especially for the lovely food.
GOODYEAR PAVILLIONS WOLVERHAMPTON for WOLVERHAMPTON FRIENDSHIP CLUB.
THE FOX AT STOURTON for KINVER PROBUS. Thanks to all for a lovely afternooon. Look forward to seeing yo all again next year.
MICKLETON VILLAGE HALL in the COTSWOLDS. We have been here many times and tonight it is to celebrate a Golden Wedding Anniversary. Phil and Nicky used to book us way back in the Seventies at Blossomfield Cricket Club in Birmingham booked. Great friends and family and a lovely couple.
PATSHULL PARK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB. This is for Rotary and it is their Christmas party. Can’t tell you how long we have worked for some of these wonderful people. They are friends and are very special.
SHIRLEY COMMUNITY CENTRE and it is the big NEW YEAR EVENT. We have done this many times over the years. We do the show with our friends ETERNITY DUO …Nicky and Cliff and we share the night. Although they do the bigger part. It is a Dancing audience so they are keen to get up. It works really well. Nick and Cliff’s parents come along and we have a great time.
DANDY WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED US OVER THIS LAST YEAR AND OVER OUR LONG CAREER. 2018 WAS OUR 40TH YEAR OF WORKING IN ENTERTAINMENT.
WE ARE HAPPY TO CONTINUE AS LONG AS WE ENJOY IT AND ARE ABLE TO DO IT…AND MORE IMPORTANTLY AS LONG AS YOU ALL ENJOY IT.
WE SHALL BE WORKING, ONCE AGAIN ON THE BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT OUT TOUR LATER IN THE YEAR. IT IS A NEW AND EXCITING SHOW AND WE ARE ALL REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. CAST AND VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER.
WE SHALL STILL BE WORKING AS “DANDY” ON OUR OWN SHOW AND YOU CAN BOOK US DIRECT BY CALLING ALLAN 01543 278692 OR 07709921504 OR EMAILING at firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL GOOD WISHES FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY 2019.
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