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The perfect end to the Easter weekend

A village main street blocked off by emergency blood vehicles and a tractor.  Gothic steam-punk drummers (one with a crow on his hat).  Vikings and their longboat – on wheels.  Easter bunnies.  Bouncy castles.  A hog roast.  A vicar on the PA blessing competitors with a waft of incense . . . 

If that is not a bizarre enough concoction, add this to the mix: warm Easter Monday sunshine after storm Katy had spent the previous night uprooting trees and drenching the south-east of England. 

Perhaps the vicar had the right connections to ensure that inChoir’s final gig of its busy Easter weekend – the annual charity fund-raising Bolney Pram Race –  was blessed with sunshine and lots of shiny happy people. 

Crammed into a small corner of the outdoor decked dining area of the Eight Bells pub, singers, mainly from Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath inChoir, belted out a half hour set that had the locals, and the many visitors to the event, dancing, arm-waving and singing along.  

The hero of the hour was George Eves (of HH and BH inChoirs).  Thwarted by Katy, he was unable to play golf as he intended that day.  So he and partner Annie thought they’d come to watch their chums perform at Bolney.  Pint in hand, George wandered in to the choir warm-up in the Eight Bells restaurant.   

Immediately, he sized up the situation: fifteen or so sopranos, fifteen or so altos, only three baritones! He needed to take action!!  But he was dressed for golf, not singing, and he had neither the sheet music for the gig nor his reading glasses!!!   

Ever resourceful, he borrowed an inChoir fleece from a fellow baritone and spectacles from Annie (who, one assumes, heard, rather than saw, the half hour set). 

So it was that inChoir’s perfectly balanced troupe completed an Easter weekend of performances at Lingfield, Borde Hill and Bolney in style. 

What a weekend!

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