4th Feb 2012
Ickleton Village Hall
This weekend saw the Opera Dudes in Cambridgeshire armed and ready for action. Tim 'Walking In The Air' Lole and Neil 'Ranulph Fiennes' Allen braving the elements to bring entertainment and musical fun to the inhabitants of rural Cambridgeshire on behalf of ADeC Rural Touring.
On Saturday, your intrepid explorers had to venture all of six miles to entertain the village of Ickleton - or Lickle Ickleton as we like to think of it.
Here we found the Albert of Village Halls - vast and voluminous with more than enough headroom for any passing giraffe! The Hall quickly filled up just as the snow began to fall.
However, a couple of drinks in them and the capacity crowd were soon warmed up, laughing and singing along - especially the very excitable ladies table to our left, who turned out to be the local music teacher and her entourage!
|Tie your dicky up!!|
We had a great evening – a fantastic audience, who seemed to enjoy the variety of music.
They were particularly appreciative when they were finally treated to some serious culture - a Rachmaninov piano solo - once Tim had managed to get Neil off the stage for five minutes!
Our reception was as warm as the roads were freezing. After the last number, the audience enveloped the Dudes in rapturous applause - meanwhile the heavens had enveloped the Dudemobile - aka the grey van - in a shed-load of snow.
|Its snow good being like that!|
There was no way we were getting out of Ickleton alive that night except as Just A Couple Of Cornettos!
So we accepted the hospitality of Pam and Pete and, instead of facing the snow-locked roads of Cambridgeshire, drank a fair amount of Spanish sunshine out of a bottle.....The perfect end to a great night.
Pam Fearn........ "Ickleton loves the Opera Dudes - its official. What a great night - heaps of talent and smashing guys. Glad you made it home safely."