We had a very early start as
we wanted to reach
The rain, once again, started as we arrived, and we thought that it was it for the day, but luckily, after breakfast, it had stopped and the sun even came out briefly. Crowds were gathering inside the College grounds and we made our way to our dance spot, where we were able to organise a photo shoot with a torch bearer (unlit). Even the Mayoress wanted to pose with us as if we were celebs!
We started our spot with the
After our spot, we waited to see the arrival of the torch and all the accompanying razamatazz and some of us saw the ‘kiss’ and I think Mike and Rebecca managed to get in the official photos at the back!! Hopefully we will see the photos later!
After all the excitement, the heavens opened and we were soaked going back to the cars to make our way to Romsey and the Beggars Fair.
We had a small group when we
arrived because many members were stuck on route due to traffic.
We were with Wickham Morris at the first spot at
Latimer Walk and were able to join forces with them for a couple of dances until
reinforcements arrived. Also the
musicians were able to shelter and keep the instruments dry under the
entrance of an Estate Agents when the skies opened once again!
Our second spot, in the Hundred with Red Stags was wet and grim. Our Side, however, kept cheerful and carried on dancing, getting soaking wet again. Well done to them! Bob alternated 4 person dances so that some dancers kept in the dry, but we did cut the spot short slightly as it was so miserable and because everyone was soaked and in the end we dispersed to get a coffee and a sandwich.
It was still raining when we reached our last spot at
We alternated with Hampshire Garland and it was a good contrast with our quite lively repertoire and their more sedate style of dancing and the room quickly filled up with spectators. Mike announced us and we managed about 5 dances with great acoustics for the music, making for a toe tapping audience.
Afterwards we were rewarded with tea and cakes from the
church, for which we made a small donation.
It was a very friendly end to a great day, despite the awful weather.