Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Martin on the TGO Challenge 2017

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Saturday 18 July 2009 - An Outdoor Concert at Cholmondeley

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Here's the flier:

"Cholmondeley Castle’s annual fireworks’ extravaganza returns this summer accompanied by enthralling performances led by Manchester Camerata Orchestra. 

This year, a military theme will provide an additional twist to the entertainment. Music will range from Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, 633 Squadron, Star Wars and Dambusters and will culminate in the traditional ‘Last night of the Proms’ style concert with the 1812 Overture accompanied by real cannon fire.

The concert will include The Mossley Brass Band, The Royal Engineers Military Marching Band, Pipes and Drums, Drummers Finale with lit batons, Last Post Ceremony and a Lone Piper on the Castle Turrets.  The Army Benevolent Fund will be the event's principal charity.

The breathtaking beauty of the Gothick Castle, set in picturesque grounds will provide the backdrop to this unmissable event.  Bring along chairs and a picnic to enjoy from the Castle Lawn.

Besides the beautiful Castle gardens themselves, other attractions are the walled garden, lake, nature reserve, rare breed animal centre and children’s play area.  Everything is open for you to explore from 4pm."

No mention of the weather.

Here, Richard tests his new lightweight overtrousers, available from Sainburys.

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The brollies made for a very colourful occasion.

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Otherwise we got what it said on the label.

The rain soon eased and we got to wonder whether the white ladder on this tank about to be driven to Afghanistan (friendly fire incidents permitting) wouldn't be just a bit conspicuous.

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We were well equipped, with duvet jackets de rigeur - replacing the customary t-shirts employed for this occasion.  Between us we had brought quite a feast, including what appeared to be a cellar load of fizzy wine from Richard and Jenny's bunker.

So it's not surprising that I couldn't hold the camera steady for the fireworks!  They were spectacular, making the stage look very small (which it was from where we were sitting).

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Happy Days...

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