|Another highly successful gathering
of the GFS in the picturesque Pavilion Theatre within the Winter Gardens
complex. The Pavilion is a large concert hall to fill but there was certainly
enough in the audience for the afternoon session and for most of the evening
although many did drift off in the later part of the show. The weather in
Blackpool was warm and very sunny for the whole weekend so to be able to
retain the people inside a concert hall for most of the day is an achievement
to say the least.
Many new faces attended, day guests are always welcome and quite a few came in to try things out and then decided to join the GFS over the weekend.
It is also nice to see young people actively participating in the weekend and young lady players are definitely on the increase.
It was also nice to see former musical director and honorary member Dickie Speake back on stage playing the keyboard on the Saturday afternoon. The GFS is fortunate at this time to be able to call on the services of Dickie plus new musical director Chris Weightman together with the immense talent of Mathew Richards. These lads were able backed up by Tony Thornton on bass and Dale Norman on drums. What would the concert be like without the live sound provided by these talented and dedicated people?
On a personal note it was great to welcome one of my favourite actors in John Henshaw who stars in many top notch TV comedies and dramas and has recently featured in the classic “Early Doors” and also the recent production about politician John Prescott.
Our GFS shop did some marvellous business once again and is bringing in the funds that will enable all to enjoy the historic September weekend when we finally unveil the George Formby statue in Wigan. It has to be said that whilst we must never forgot the generous donations from many kind people, without the GFS shop we would never have achieved our goal of being the main provider of the funds for the statue. The Society and its members owe a debt of gratitude to Dennis and Pat Taylor who have worked so hard to make the shop the success it is. Let us also not forget the efforts of the ladies who over the years have helped Dennis and Pat to serve in the shop on the Blackpool weekend.