Summer finally arrived on Saturday just in time for the Goostrey Rose Festival, which is like Glastonbury, but without the mud. The whole village seemed to be involved judging by the amount of bunting along the street leading us to the festival field with its marquee and maypole.
As it was such a glorious sunny evening we took time to enjoy some of the excellent food on offer – I skipped the hog roast and went straight for the pudding of chocolate gateau, strawberries and cream – before getting down to some serious dancing.
Goostrey is twinned with Elizabethfontein school in South Africa and had invited over a group of children on an exchange trip to share in the festivities. I don't know what they thought of the ceili but they seemed to be having a good time and even managed to add a few moves of their own to the dancing. Sylvia's going to use them at our next gig – perhaps not.
It was a great night and a nice surprise to meet up again with Sarah and Martin. We played for Sarah's birthday dance last year, just up the road in Marthall.
Here's Sylvia's dances for your Moody Food Dance Card:
Lake Arthur Stomp / Empty Bottle Stomp
Big Maggie's Set
The Flying Scot
The Oxo Reel
Goatland Square Eight
The Siege of Delhi / The Earl's Chair
Discouraging Waltz / Ragtime Annie
Old Swan Gallop
|Marquee and maypole|
|Mmmmm – pudding!|