The Revels went ahead as planned despite a gloomy and ultimately entirely correct forecast. Despite what can only be described as very inclement conditions, the first Family Fun Dog Show was a welcome addition to the programme, and a total of 10 dogs and their owners paraded in the rain, to be ably judged by Angela Snow. The results were:
- Best Child Handler – Amelie with her Whippet Marley
- Waggiest Tail – Bramble, Cocker Spaniel with Isabelle
- Dog the Judge would most like to take home – Shadow CockerPoo with Jacob
- Dog that looks most like it’s owner – Lucky the CockerPoo with Isla (surely she isn’t that tall?)
And of the 4 category winners, the best in Show award went to Isla and Lucky.
Magic Charlie went down a storm with children and parents alike. Charlie’s Baa! (see what he did there?) did brisk business as ever, and later served Ice Cream from Dylan – whose van broke down and so Ice Cream was supplied in tubs – served by Anne McKinney. Many people enjoyed their frozen specials despite the rain!
The food came from Bowtell’s with their excellent home made Burgers and other fare, and Gemini with Jacket Spuds and Chilli – excellent given the conditions. And this year for the first time, we had Tea and Coffee from the Four Fillies Horsebox, a very welcome addition.
As last year, Dave Paul and The Replays entertained through the evening, getting everyone dancing and even drowning out the rain. After many years (even decades) of entertaining around the area, long time Stroud resident Dave has decided to lessen the amount of time he spends performing and this evening was claimed to be something of a final performance with the Replays, bringing quite an emotional tinge to the evening, further enhanced by the announcement of his daughter Emily’s engagement. We wish to extend a massive thanks for all he and the band did to raise the spirits at the end of such a wet day and really hope we might encourage another reform of this immensely talented group of musicians another year.
Plans are of course already afoot for next year, when hopefully the weather will smile on us, and we will be back at Rothercombe Farm. Any suggestions for activities and offers of help are very welcome, so don’t be shy, contact any Committee member or email us soon. In particular, we would like some official First Aid assistance. If you can help, please let us know.
See you next year!