A Day Out on the Watercress Line
27th July 2014
We'd arranged to
dance at a Summer Fayre at the Watercress Line, together with Basing
Clog, Kennet and Wickham Morris. As it turned out, the Summer
Fayre was cancelled so we all went along anyway and enjoyed a relaxing
day with a picnic, train rides and the customary music and dance on the
for further information about the Watercress Line
OBJ comprised: Alison, AndyB, AndyW, Ann, Anna, Chris, ChrisD, Claudia, Colin, Emma, Ian, Joe, Lawre, Liz J, MaryAnn, MikeG, MikeS, Nikki, Sarah, Tony and Vera, with some help from Jess.
Our thanks to Lynn for some of the photos.
started at Alresford Station
Here we are, dancing Brimfield
This is MaryAnn, MikeG, Ian, Tony and Sarah
|Hay-on-Wye, at Alresford|
AndyB and Emma at this end
|The OBJ instrumental ensemble|
Chris, Claudia, Jess, Ann, Mike S, Vera, Joe, Nikki and Colin
|Kennet Morris Men dancing at Alresford|
|This picture shows the 1860s station to advantage|
|I think this one is at Alresford - possibly during Hay-on-Wye
|OBJ and Kennet did a couple of quick dances during the run-around at Alton|
|During the journey, OBJ started the traditional guards van dancing, which Kennet joined - this dance is Monks March.|
|Then to Ropley for a picnic in the apple orchard, followed by a look around the workshops for those interested|
|Driver (Richard) and fireman (Martin) on 925 Cheltenham - Southern Railway "Schools" class|
Martin happens to play the melodeon, but at this moment he's pre-occupied with the token.
is the footbridge from Kings Cross station, carefully re-built at
Ropley. It once led to platform 9 3/4 and appeared in some of the
Harry Potter films.
Colin was amongst many people who helped put it back together in its present form and location.
This was probably the first time that morris dancing had been performed on it since it was built in 1892 - certainly the first time since it was re-built at Ropley 120 years later.
|Both Kennet and
OBJ performed the "ancient custom" of dancing on the bridge in order to
drive away evil spirits and thus ensure it's good
The good fortune commenced immediately - with it not falling down!
|Basing Clog arrived at Ropley on a later train and danced on the platform|
|We eventually made our way back to Alresford|
Here, OBJ is dancing Brimfield again
|A cup of tea and a chat with the loco crew. |
In days gone by, it was customary to thank the driver for a safe and pleasant journey. I don't imagine this happens much on todays railway
photo at Alresford as the day ended|