Exbourne Music Hall 2011
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An Extravaganza of Enchanting and Energetic Entertainment

Jane Stewart wrote: It was reported that Her Majesty, having declined to attend the evening reception at Buckingham Palace, was to attend the Music Hall Extravaganza in Exbourne.  Sadly she couldn't make it but sent her daughter in law instead (see left) to meet and greet the great and the good at the most talked about event of the year (well, outside London). Organised by the thespian drama queen of the village Mrs Margaret Brady, (see right) who was also Master of Ceremonies for the evening, which was an outstanding success.  The Musical Director was the village's own Musical Madame Mrs Pauline Savage. Candelabras shimmered; ladies donned their best furs and hats (unless they were downstairs folk allowed in because of the special occasion!) The Gentlemen wore their best boaters, blazers and cravats.  Even the farm hands pressed their best trousers and hankies for the occasion! A 'No Spitting' rule was enforced with rigour, with a 5 shilling fine for anyone caught doing so. Wine flowed and food was in profusion.  A good measure of Boo's and Hisses were heard, along with bucket loads of laughter and, thankfully, no tears!

Mr and Mrs Rod Milsom-Smith (left) won the Costume of the evening competition and went away with Champagne and a £1,000 wad - printed on £50 notepaper hankies! Mr and Mrs David Weeks came second. Miss Beatrix Potter was seen accompanied by Dr Watson (right). However, due to potential litigation, we refrain from making further comment. The evening was drawn to a close by the cast and audience singing a rousing rendition of Musical Hall goodies: My Old Man; Oh Mr Porter; ‘Enery the Eighth; The Lambeth Walk; Daisy, Daisy; and Waiting at the Church. At the conclusion the whole of Exbourne must have been shaking with the power of voices and the stamping of feet as the hall stood to sing Rule Britannia! The Finale was of course The Nation Anthem. A night to remember and a great celebration for the Royal Couple.

Virtuoso Performances were given by:

The Cast of Oliver

The Ode Master of Town Court

The Winsome Women of the WI – The Exbourne Belles - accompanied by Mr Tim Sutton Coulson

The Builder of BeIrutt – at per 2d Per Person Per Trip!

The Flat Cap Funnies – singing Mother's Lament

The Wizard of Woodhall  - Homilies by a Frog!

Fagin, accompanied by the Oliver cast

Miss Elsa Hariades also entertained but, regrettably,
we have no picture.


Other personalities in attendance included:


All pictures by Jane Stewart





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