Wokingham Winter Carnival - 28th November
10 sides attended this year, and raised £500 for Wokingham Cancer Care Trust. The sides were Alton, Berkshire Bedlam, Fleet, Hurst Morris People (HuMP), Jackstraws, OBJ, Old Speckled Hen, Rockhopper, Shinfield Shambles and Wicket Brood.
This years carnival reverted to the long route for the procession with a special plan for the Morris sides to join it for the final leg (sorry about the possible pun). The highlight was when the marshalls called "Berkshire Bedroom" forward to join it. I know Berkshire Bedlam appreciated it.
The OBJ side comprised Abi, Bob, Chris, Colin, Dave D, Dave K, Diane, Doug, Gill, Jenny, Jill, Kelly, Linda, Mike G, Nikki, Pam, Susie, Tiffany and Vera. Anne, Ian and Mike S joined us when their duties with Shinfield Shambles permitted.
Martin Trott made a DVD for us - You can find some video here
|Fleet Morris dancing in Peach Street. Wendy the fairy is just visible.|
Shimbles doing the same.
The schedule was arranged to allow the OBJ and Shinfield musicians to play for both sides.
|Wokingham's mayor demonstrates his dancing skills with Alton Morris.|
|OBJ doing something slightly out-of-focus involving random movement. Perhaps the Sloe Gin from the hip flask taking effect?|
doing something else.
Note the appropriate sign on the road and the way Jenny's face matches her kit (green, black and white over a vivid shade of pink).
She said it was something she ate, but it was just after the picture below.
sign on this machine says "No Fear". That's
what I thought when I saw it.
What do you give a seasick monster?
The same as you give 6 petrified OBJ dancers after this ride: a wide berth.
Yes, it did come from a christmas cracker.
|In the Broad Street Tavern after the
dancing and the procession.
Shirley (Jackstraws), Colin, Dave (Wicket Brood), Tiff and Susie are hunting the squirrel on the left. I've no idea what was happening in the other picture.