And so after 27 months of splendid Formby activity, the curtain finally closes on the Chester branch of the GFS. Not because of lack of support for this excellent meeting, but only because branch organiser Cathy Darlington has moved in to a new life in South Yorkshire and sadly no one from the membership of the branch was able to make the commitment to continue Cathy’s great work. Some ukulele clubs and GFS branches must have envied the support of the Chester branch, also the venue (Chester Rugby Club) was one of the best, clean and bright with a nice bar area and very well run. The last meeting of the branch on Thursday 1st September 2016 was again, very well attended with some of the best George Formby players and entertainers within the whole Society. The last night was definitely not a sad one as we all enjoyed all that is best about the branch – which is of course the entertainment, the management of the branch and the always very friendly atmosphere. Great entertainment throughout the evening helped to make it a very memorable way to close. Cathy Darlington was appropriately MC for the evening, Cathy’s partner Kevin Staniland (assisted by Greg Simister), did his usual professional job on the sound mixer, always ensuring that the backing track was correctly adjusted for volume level and always making sure that when the uke solo happened, a little more volume was added to allow the entertainers the best chance to showcase their playing skills. Over the last two years Cathy has enjoyed the backing and support of various people who have helped to make the meetings such a success. Cathy is grateful to Debbie and Dennis Lee, Greg Simister and Sonja McKinnon, Lewis Clifton, Jonathan and Pam Baddeley, Alan Newton, John and Gill Walley, Marion Amos, and especially, Kevin Staniland. For me it was always a treat to go to the Chester branch and I know that many others felt the same, Chester’s loss is Yorkshire’s gain and Cathy is now attending the Sheffield branch and is a regular along with Kevin at the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle gatherings. Cathy did a brilliant job, the branch was a success in every way and the George Formby Society should be very grateful to her for doing her bit to keep the Formby flame burning bright. Well done Cathy – and welcome to Yorkshire! HOME
And so after 27 months of splendid Formby activity, the curtain finally closes on the Chester branch of the GFS. Not because of lack of support for this excellent meeting, but only because branch organiser Cathy Darlington has moved in to a new life in South Yorkshire and sadly no one from the membership of the branch was able to make the commitment to continue Cathy’s great work. Some ukulele clubs and GFS branches must have envied the support of the Chester branch, also the venue (Chester Rugby Club) was one of the best, clean and bright with a nice bar area and very well run. The last meeting of the branch on Thursday 1st September 2016 was again, very well attended with some of the best George Formby players and entertainers within the whole Society. The last night was definitely not a sad one as we all enjoyed all that is best about the branch – which is of course the entertainment, the management of the branch and the always very friendly atmosphere. Great entertainment throughout the evening helped to make it a very memorable way to close. Cathy Darlington was appropriately MC for the evening, Cathy’s partner Kevin Staniland (assisted by Greg Simister), did his usual professional job on the sound mixer, always ensuring that the backing track was correctly adjusted for volume level and always making sure that when the uke solo happened, a little more volume was added to allow the entertainers the best chance to showcase their playing skills. Over the last two years Cathy has enjoyed the backing and support of various people who have helped to make the meetings such a success. Cathy is grateful to Debbie and Dennis Lee, Greg Simister and Sonja McKinnon, Lewis Clifton, Jonathan and Pam Baddeley, Alan Newton, John and Gill Walley, Marion Amos, and especially, Kevin Staniland. For me it was always a treat to go to the Chester branch and I know that many others felt the same, Chester’s loss is Yorkshire’s gain and Cathy is now attending the Sheffield branch and is a regular along with Kevin at the Yorkshire Ukulele Circle gatherings. Cathy did a brilliant job, the branch was a success in every way and the George Formby Society should be very grateful to her for doing her bit to keep the Formby flame burning bright. Well done Cathy – and welcome to Yorkshire! HOME