Last Tuesday’s meeting was tinged with a little sadness for we will soon be losing one of our stalwart members. Mike is heading back north permanently to enjoy a well earned retirement. There have been very few weeks when Mike didn’t add to our evening with his company and well-honed jokes. His claim to fame will always be as warm-up for the Bongo Bongo band at the Rye Arts Festival a couple of years ago – a role thrust upon him very suddenly.
A fond farewell was helped along with one of Justine’s amazing cakes, decorated to depict Mike’s favourite railway themed songs. Good luck Mike with a long and very happy retirement and don’t forget to pop back and see us – keep strumming.
To celebrate our 3rd birthday we held a fab little party at the Queens Head last night. It was truly one of the best playing nights we’ve had with a great turnout of established players and new members. Graham did us proud with an amazing Banjolele cake made of bread pudding with liquorice strings
and our gorgeous mascot Biggles got lots of fuss and left overs.
Thanks also to Jonathan for the wine and sandwiches. Pam’s friend also supplied us with a tray of spectacular cup cakes and Ian blew out almost all the candles.
In all a great night.
Mike and Bob tune up for the big event
Biggles meets a slightly Wild Boar (both our mascots for the evening supplied by Alison and Justine respectively).
The Rye Ukulele Experiment, fortified by Wild Boar sausages supplied by Jonathan at the Queens Head and Graham’s special Kazoo birthday cake made by Justine, perform a varied programme of Pig-themed songs and other favourites.