2 weeks ago
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM DANDY.
Just to say a big thank you to all of the organisers and promoters who have booked us to perform in 2019 at various venues. Thank you for all the hospitality. Big thank you to the lovely people who have turned out and supported us at these shows and have taken time to come up and chat.
Also a big thank you to the people we have worked with and our friends who have been understanding when we have had to miss out on social events.
Yes...I know we are old but we still get asked and we still enjoy doing the shows. The most often phrase we hear at the end of gigs is "That was all different material!" We work very hard at trying to make things as fresh as possible. Obviously our faces are beyond help. We have explained to the Britain's Got Talent Scouts. We no longer possess Television faces.We are better suited to radio at our great age.
We have about 36 gigs in for this year with a few more waiting to be confirmed. We are looking forward to the Black Country Theatre Tour this year courtesy of YEATES ASSOCIATES. We had great fun last year and the new show was very well received. It will be at WORCESTER SWAN THEATRE on 13th March and our own LICHFIELD GARRICK on 2nd April. More dates already booked for theatres in the Autumn and more to be added.
We look forward to seeing some of you along the way in 2020. In the meantime...have a great year. xxx ...
Just finished the last of the Christmas gigs. Few thanks for people who booked, cooked and looked.
Last weekend we were over at BENTLEY PAUNCEFOOT VILLAGE HALL. Thanks to all concerned who made us welcome. Lovely to catch up with Boggery friends there after so many years. Good to see you Jane.
Nightmare journey home in torrential rain down flooded country lanes with no WIFI signal. Then discovered the Motorway was closed by Oldbury...again... and had to get off and come via Tipton etc. Took 2 hours.
Next night we were working for LICHFIELD ROTARY CLUB at THE OLD SCHOOLHOUSE, near Hints. Good to see so many friends there...Gill and John, Derrick and Pauline, Robin and his wife...Very difficult room We had to set up in a very small recess twixt 2 rooms. Thanks to all.
Next night we were over at HILDERSTONE VILLAGE HALL which is out near Stone. Thank you so much for the hospitality and the lovely meal.
Over at THE FOX at STOURTON the following day for KINVER PROBUS. We worked there for them last year. Good to see them all again.
We finished off our week over in the Black Country. Back to the Motherland...WEDNESBURY MASONIC HALL for WEDNESBURY ROTARY. They had been out most nights collecting money for Charity.. Lovely to see them all again and a perfect way to finish the Christmas run.
Thanks to all. ...
Keeping up with the Christmas gigs and Thanks to all concerned. Five to go before feet up.
Monday night over at the MASONIC LODGE at KINGS HEATH for the MASEFIELD LODGE and their Ladies Night.
The joys of driving through Birmingham in the rush hour. The ridiculous term "rush hour". Never seen so much lane swapping and papping. Had to park in the very back Car Park and carry the gear round to the front door. Luckily it was just freezing...not raining as well. Most of these gigs mean at least a 3 hour wait after a rush to get gear up while they eat the meal. All performers are used to it. The "Down Time differs from gig to gig depending on heating/no heating...dressing room/cupboard .....food/drink//neither. The time factor and lack of interesting surroundings depends on how many "bored photos you take.
The major factor for survival.....who you share the "Dressing Room" with. Need I say more.
Next night we were over at WISHAW GOLF CLUB for one of the SUTTON COLDFIELD PROBUS Groups. They are a jolly crowd. We worked for them in the Spring so we did a completely different set. New management at the Club. Good to meet Richard and the Team. All very young..and I have to say one of the best set of Bar Staff and Waitresses we have seen for a long time. Pleasant, helpful, smart. Plate of sandwiches..then they offered us a meal. Luckily Allan was at the toilet so I refused it on his behalf. He had already scoffed about 10 sandwiches. Great night. Lovely people. Thanks to all concerned.
Yesterday afternoon we were over at WHITTINGTON VILLAGE HALL for the WEDNESDAY CLUB. Old friends who we have worked for several times. Good to see them all again. Many thanks to Garry and Chris for asking us along. Congratulations to Garry Hyde for his recent Lifetime Achievement Award. They both work very hard for the village. ...
Just a few catch ups in case I get bogged down with all the girly things we have to do like tree dressing, card writing, lights untangling, wreath making, food buying, present wrapping......Fitting in a bit of sleep and food between this and the gigs and the gig planning....finding the bloody Christmas music in case some masochist audience hasn't already heard enough of Mistletoe and Wine. Trying to remember the words to said mindless Christmas songs. Not really caring about Rudolph..his nose or his jingly bells. Looking forward to the smell of brussel sprouts clinging to my velvet frocks which I will have to wear with back aching heels because it's a "Posh Do". If , like me, you come from Wednesbury this means it ay plastic knives and forks!...
Soooo.... some Thanks to organisers etc.
Really enjoyed our visit to the U.3.A. over at Walsall. Most of you will know this is the University of the Third Age. Allan was convinced it was a Religious Sect so was pleasantly surprised to find they were normal...if that word is allowed in these P.C. days.
Big crowd of about 160+ and we were in the Church so best behaviour (remembering the Nuns) in case the Baby Jesus strike me down for badness.
Great crowd and lovely to chat to them after.
Good to catch up with our friend, Jenny, on Friday and enjoyed a Christmas
meal together at the George Hotel in Lich.
Saturday we were over at HAUGHTON for the W.I. It was their Christmas meal. Unfortunately it coincided with the switching on of the Haughton lights so it was busy night on the street. Many thanks to the audience for theirwarm welcome.
About 8 gigs to go then jammys on and feet up...😴 ...
Just a couple of gigs to thank people for this week. Wednesday night we finished THE BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT OUT THEATRE TOUR for this year over at REDDITCH PALACE THEATRE. Fab.night. Many thanks to all who came along and for the chance to work with such great people.
Thursday we were over at WALTON COMMUNITY CENTRE, STONE for N.A.F.A.S. ...STONE FLOWER CLUB were holding their 55th EMERALD ANNIVERSARY PARTY.
Many thanks for the invite to join them from Peggy. Lovely to meet up with some of the members we knew. Many thanks to Diane and to Graham for looking after us so well. Lovely people. Special thanks for my beautiful flower display.
Saturday night we were back over at ST. PETER'S CHURCH HALL at BALSALL COMMON for the SOLIHULL LIONS. Many thanks to all of our friends from the KNOWLE BRITISH LEGION who we meet every month at SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE who came along to see us. Your support was much appreciated. Thanks to Ross for booking us. They are brilliant Fundraisers. They had already sent a donation to the Flood victims in Darbyshire and Yorkshire. They raised over £400 on the raffle alone. Very kind and generous people. Really enjoyed spending time with them. ...
Just finished the run of the Black Country Night Out Theatre Tour for this year. Fabulous last night finish at the PALACE THEATRE REDDITCH. Many thanks to friends and family and the folk from Sunday Night Live who all came along to cheer us on.. Big thanks to Shirley and friends who came along and a special thanks to Johnny Jones who dragged himself from his Hip-Op sick bed..along with wife Doreen and the gang.
Couple more shows to come in the Spring and then more dates next Autumn. This has been a great show and we hope audiences have enjoyed it as much as we have. Thank you to Yeates Associates for promoting and having the confidence to "take the risk" each year and in doing so promote the Black Country humour and stories and characters for each new generation.
This has been a true variety show and the response has been wonderful from the audiences we have had in. Many thanks to the rest of the cast ...in order of appearance....OLLY SPENCER, VIVO, EMMA ROLLASON AND JOHN , AND JOE JAMES THOMAS. They were supportive of each other, kind to each other and made each gig a pleasure. Thanks to all of you who took the time and trouble to come along. We really appreciate it. Come back next year and bring some friends. Looking forward to next season. ...
Busy couple of weeks. Thanks to the ladies of the INNER WHEEL CLUB OF TETTENHALL for asking us to share their 37th Birthday Meeting at Linden House Hotel at Tettenhall. Good to see they had allowed the men to attend. Allan gets over excited if he has a roomful of ladies to himself. Thank you to President, Sandra and the wonderful team of ladies who looked after us so well. Great to see so many familiar faces. Lovely afternoon.
Back at BLAKEDOWN AND CHURCHILL GOLF CLUB for a Show night. Many thanks to the great audience and all of the lovely people we chatted with. We go back many years with some of them there. Thank you for our scampi and chips. Diet starts tomorrow!
Wednesday we will be over at REDDITCH PALACE THEATRE with the BLACK COUNTRY NIGHT OUT cast looking forward to a great show.
Two more this coming week. WALTON/STONE COMMUNITY CENTRE and ST. PETERS CHURCH HALL, BORDESLEY COMMON for the LIONS.
Please note both photographs of Allan contain food. Hogging the sandwiches and in second one...learning to use a fork. The boys coming on!😁 ...