21st April 2012
Saturday night and we were in deepest darkest Gloucestershire.
The village of Awre - pronounced Are and not, as we thought, Ore. We were met by Mark Awre from Awre. Yes, that's right - effectively Mr Village Himself.
This was a very special place with a great deal of history. It lies on the banks of Severn, is very remote and beautiful and is literally at the end of the road, a real step back in time. We were performing in the church, which can be difficult, but luckily this one had all mod cons, including toilet, kettle and heating.
This was a village full of characters and we met them all. There were even one or two from the Forest, but they seemed harmless enough!
Tea was lasagne which was served up in front of the altar - holy delicious! Once the show was under way the audience were very responsive.
Neil serenaded several ladies - including one regular Opera Dude groupie who blushed deeply as well as a very glamorous lady from Newnham. Neil approached her saying 'I'll be gentle with you' to which she replied ‘That's a shame!!' They breed ‘em hardy down there!
Anyway, the audience pronounced themselves well pleased and so they should be; we taught them a new singing technique and I am sure they will be squeezing for weeks!!
After the show, we went back to Nick and May’s, where we were staying; lovely people and while there we learned the story of their emergent business, Severn Cider which grew out of an old family tradition.
It’s a fascinating story, great people and wonderful cider - thoroughly recommend you try it.
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