The first practice, kit-making and the first appearance in kit
OBJ was formed after a chat over tea and danish at Wimborne Folk Festival in 1996. The first formal meeting took place on 23rd July 1996, and the founding members chose the kit (surprisingly quickly), the style (no problem!) and the name of the side (after lengthy debate).
This page shows the progress from the first practice, through kit-making, to the first public appearance of the kit, three months later.
first OBJ Practice
Left to right: Jos, Mary, Linda, Doug, Lynne, Kate, Colin, Chris, Pam, Jackie.
Lee (non-dancing style advisor) is horizontal.
Behind the camera: the caretaker
first Rag Jacket party
More eating and drinking than sewing, but it got the kit made.
Left to right: Lynne (nearly), Pam, Chris
More of the first Rag Jacket party
And they said teachers are responsible people! It had taken an hour to sort those tatters into random order.
Left to right: Doug (pinning), Lynne (throwing), Jack (encouraging her).
public appearance of the OBJ kit
Colin and Jackie just before setting off with Jack for an impromptu "prat-around" at Wokingham Winter Carnival