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On the beach at Holywell Bay


The National Surf Life Saving Festival took place at Holywell Bay this year, and on Saturday 12th August Loveny MVC were invited to sing to the guests and competitors at the close of the days competions and after the prize giving ceremony for this prestigious event.

It has to be said that this was one of the more 'unusual' venues for the Choir, singing in the open vastness of the beach is difficult and the sand certainly posed a few problems for us, but as always it was taken in it's stride. Though breezy as you would expect on Cornwall's stunning North Coast (which necessitated Lorena on duty again to hold on to the music), we were blessed with a warm sunny day which made the outing all the more pleasurable.

'It was a particularly special day for us all, as it was our first public performance with our new Musical Director, Marcus Alleyne'.

With a repertoire tailored to the event, 'light hearted and nautical', we sang in two sets before and after the prize giving ceremony. Our audience was relaxed and appreciative enjoying our music and the warm sand between their toes!

As the car park was somewhat distant to the event base among the sand dunes, 'executive transport' had thankfully been laid on to ferry us all with our equipment.

Though our time on the beach was longer than expected, the two casks of 'Tribute' that had been very kindly donated by the organising Team were most gratefully received, and provided a pleasant diversion during the long break between sets. Our sincere thanks to Steve and Becky Peck and the Holywell Bay Surf Life Saving Club for inviting us to perform and for looking after our needs on the day. Sadly Demelza Poldark was not seen gazing wistfully out to sea, but there were rumours of Ross's appearance on the beach that day.

Our thanks also to our new MD Marcus, we hope that he enjoyed his first event with us (and that we passed muster), our Deputy MD Colin, our Accompanist David Robinson, MC John Ead, 'sheet music official' Lorena, and last but not least all those that bought along our equipment and 'lugged' it around.

As is our way, our next port of call was the 'Smugglers Den' in Cubert for our afterglow, what better way to finish off a grand day out!

We now turn our attention to a more 'contemplative tone' for our next concert on Thursday August 24th, the St Neot Flower and Arts Festival Concert in the Parish Church at 7.00 pm. We hope you can join us there....

(Thanks to Bob Heayel for photo's where attributed)

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