It was a few months ago that Laura, the chairman of the MEHM Trust which administers the Reading Room, mentioned the possibility of arranging an evening village social, which may include Nelsons Shantymen, and for this she received an enthusiastic response.
It was during July that notices and posters began to appear around the village, advertising the event on Saturday 10 August, and at 6.30 on the day, people were arriving at the Reading Room which was set up with tables and chairs, and with the eleven Shantymen ready and prepared to start.
photos: Laura Pocock
We had all brought along refreshments, as requested, and everyone was finding seats, starting to chat, and beginning to share their snack food and drink as more and more residents and visitors arrived and the hall filled up.
The Shantymen handed out typed songsheets in anticipation of audience participation, and played two sets each of approximately half an hour, singing and playing a mixture of well known and less familiar shanties which were enthusiastically enjoyed, and joined in with, by those in attendance. During the break, the singers and musicians were treated to a selection of snacks given to them by attendees, and everyone had a very enjoyable evening. We look forward to more of the same in the future!