Bro. John held two concerts in April, 1st and 8th, in aid of the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival, both were sold out. In total they raised the superb total of£1650 which now brings John’s charitable efforts to £14200 in respect of Mark Charities and over £130, 000 in the 25 years he has been performing for charitable purposes, what a star!!
The Concert was in two halves and included a selection of Country, soul and rock music to delight the ears and hands of the assembled audience who, having been encouraged by John, enthusiastically joined in with voice and hands. Starting point was ‘American Pie’ by Don McLean, followed by ‘Both sides Now’, Roger Whitaker and ‘Candle in the Wind’ by Elton John. The first half then progressed with classics such as John Denver with ‘Country road take me home’, Neil diamond ‘Crackling Rosie’ and ending on ‘Amarillo’ by Tony Christie, can there be anybody from my generation that cannot sing along to that.
The second offering began with’ Love is in the Air’ by John Paul Young and progressed to ‘Streets of London’ by Ralph McTell and another John Denver classic, ‘Uptown, Up tempo Woman’. For the benefit of we Neil Diamond aficionados he also included ‘Sweet Caroline’ finishing with ‘You raise me up’, for me the best West life track ever. In total some 40 songs with John, almost exhausted, having been up front for some 3 hours.
The interval saw the arrival of the customary Home-made Steak, pie mushy peas and mash potato with the Steward adamant that he had done too much mash and a lot would be returned, not so the greedy gannets scoffed the lot. On our table we were grateful to W. Bro. Ian Pattinson who had the foresight to bring mint sauce, a must with mushy peas, well received and duly despatched, thanks Ian. W. Bro John also wishes me to record his grateful thanks to all who brought raffle prizes which helped to swell the coffers.
The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. was present at the 1st April Concert received the cheque and thanked W. Bro. John warmly for all the work he has done over the years for many Charities. At the same time he told Brethren that there will be a ‘Variety Show’ at Bradford Grammar School on the 14th April 2018. This will be hosted by Freddie, ‘Parrot face’, Davies and will include Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir, Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band and the acclaimed violinist Victoria Yallop. The full list of those performing will be published in due course but time to put a note in your diaries as those of you who attended the Craft Varity show will know, it will be a sell out.
As will be the nights of Saturday, 28th October and Saturday, 4th November. These will be concerts with a difference featuring Songs through the Decades ad stand up comedy. Not to be missed; John does intersperse his usual offer with comedy stories, could this see the birth of a new ‘Peter Kay’, go along and find out. Full details will be published in due course.
Another cracking mark Masonic evening.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.