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From Coast to Coast


We were kept very busy over the weekend of 16th to 18th August, as the title suggests.... on the South coast at Looe on Friday, and on the North coast at Holywell Bay on Sunday.

The RNLI boathouse in West Looe had been cleared of its rescue equipment to enable rows of seats to be laid out..... and they were all needed. With the doors drawn wide open, and visitors standing not only in the back of the boathouse, but over on the opposite bank of the river too, we sang and enjoyed the acoustic of this unusual venue in front of a large and appreciative audience. Alongside a varied and entertaining programme of favourite songs, we were treated to comical recitations from our own 'Bard' Roger James, and two beautifully sung solo's from Colin Arthur. We were pleased to be told that over £400 had been raised for the RNLI in the collection buckets!

After refreshments provided upstairs and gladly received by all, we then crossed to the other side of the quay, to the 'Harbour Moon Inn', for a really great afterglow sing. One or two of the songs were dedicated to a young couple, John and Becky, who were celebrating their Engagement with a group of family and friends. They asked for a copy of our afterglow songbook and happily joined in. Clearly they all enjoyed our accidental appearance as much as we enjoyed a great session... A brilliant end to the evening.

On the morning of our next outing, to the beach at Holywell Bay to sing at Sunday lunchtime to entertain the Competitors and Spectators at the National Surf Life Saving Championships, we awoke to rain and thick mist. Undaunted we made our way, and having arrived we were grateful that it was reasonably warm and more importantly dry. Though still misty, and with the back row taking the brunt of the fresh breeze coming straight off the turbulent sea behind us, we sang seafaring songs and others Marcus felt were right for the occasion. These included some only usually taken out of the box for the pub, and It was these that produced the best reaction from the audience .... lesson learned perhaps?

One place there was never a risk from the weather, was the 'smugglers Den Inn' at Cubert, which was where, having packed up all the kit, the wagon train headed without delay. For the second time in three days, our intrepid warblers 'afterglowed' to our contented hearts. All this practice is working well, we are developing the repertoire as we go, and in my humble opinion, sounding great!

Here's a few 'snaps from the weekend:

Many thanks to Marcus, Suzanne, Colin, Roger and John....to the RNLI Volunteers at Looe, Steve Peck and the Surf Life Saving Club at Holywell, and to the generous Management and Staff at both the Harbour Moon and The Smugglers Den. Thank you all for helping to make it such a 'Cracking Weekend'.


A bit of a breather until our next concert, which will be at the Parish Church in St Agnes on Saturday 8th September. We love going to St Agnes, but couldn't make it last year, so we are really looking forward to returning.

See you there!

#lovenymalevoicechoir #lovenymvc #MarcusAlleyne #SuzanneBrodie #thesmugglersden #harbourmooninn #rnlilooe

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