A packed Well Street Church was treated to Buckingham’s answer to the bygone TV show The Good Old Days, performed in aid of local youth charity, Project Street Life.
The hall was brightly decked with flags and soon the atmosphere was warm and cheerful as the audience began to sing along to some of the old favourites such as Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner and White Cliffs of Dover, waving their Union Flags, during the show on Saturday, September 19.
Solo items were offered first by Julie Sewell, who was a hoot with her My Old Man, and Sheila Handley sang the Coffee Pot song featuring Julian Handley, who portrayed the different characters in the song by wearing suitable hats. Julian also performed a stirring rendition of Old Sam (Pick up tha’ musket) as well as the Flanders and Swann number about the Spider in the Bath and was joined by Andrew Wiseman for some rather corny jokes.
And there was more - Three little Maids from School from Sarah Shipp, Sheila and Chris Chapman (borrowed from the Winslow Players), Rolicum, Rorum from Keith Holmes, We’ll Gather Lilacs from Sheila and Sarah, Waiting at the Church from Karen Cockerill (borrowed from the Old Gaolers drama group) and She was Poor but she was Honest from Chris. The chorus also included Lesley Sibley, director, Barbara Farmer, and Jac Collins.
The whole second half was interspersed with I say, I say type jokes, along with the whole cast participating in a Doctor, Doctor session. As well as taking us through the programme, Master of Ceremonies Trevor Goosey treated the audience to the Tom Lehrer version of Oedipus Rex. All this washed down with teas, coffees and home-made cakes at the interval. More than £480 was raised for Project Street Life during a thoroughly worthwhile evening.
Many thanks to all who attended and contributed in any way to this great event.