To cheer up a February winter evening we decided to invite ‘Dougie and His Drums’ to be the demonstrator, and wow, did he do just that!
It is more than 50 years since Dougie Wright kick-started his professional career in 1958 as drummer with the John Barry Seven. During a stay of almost 4 years with the band his work schedule included variety theatres, radio and television broadcasts, film and recording session work plus an appearance before the Queen on the Royal Variety Performance backing Adam Faith in 1960.
Dougie was in great demand because of his music reading and technical ability. He was a teacher of percussion on behalf of various Midlands authorities, all the time extending his jazz, rock and latin skills. At the moment he presents a talk show ‘My parade of Hits’ where he sings and swings some of the hits he played drums on. In Dougie’s words ‘he’s the drummer that sings’.
During the evening he devised musical quizzes for the members to test their knowledge on, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Some of them of course where too young to remember! For more information about Dougie go to his website
Our secretary Michelle represented the WIg’s at the Leicestershire and Rutland ACM at the Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen. Lord Mayor John Thomas spoke about Richard the Third and gave information about the activities next month.
Valerie Stevens gave a talk on her work for the Associated Country Women of the World and Elaine Pantling regaled the audience with tales of her life and one woman shows. A performance of ‘I will Survive’ by the Pink Ladies Choir went down a storm. Angela Rippon as the highlight of the meeting proved to be every bit as entertaining as she is on television.
Our President Sharon gave us lots of information on forthcoming events. A Skittle evening organised by Margaret is to be held on Easter Monday at the Syston Conservative Club. Walks will begin again in April. The April meeting will contain information about the Women’s Institute Yearly Resolution. There is to be a group evening at Barkby Village Hall on Tuesday 31st March called Best of British Taste and Try.
The trade stall was groaning with donations made by our lovely WIg members. Some beautiful and useful items were donated and sold. A raffle was also held which is always very popular.
Tea and coffee was organised by Margaret, or a glass of wine from the bar.
Next meeting is Thursday 30th April Resolution Meeting.
Including a Sale of Work and Social Evening.
Come and see us at Beedles Lake Golf Club, Broome Lane, East Goscote. LE7 3WQ. Visitors £4.
Last Thursday in the month. Further details contact Sharon Tel: 0784 988 8752.