Saturday 8th September saw W.Bro. John Whitworth and a talented cast of entertainers play to a packed house at Pontefract Masonic Hall. To add a bit of nostalgia several of the audience had dressed for the theme – “Old Time Music Hall”.
Bro. Ken Parkinson, the newest member of Fearnley Mark Lodge, was the compere who’s rendition of “Albert and the lion” in the style of Tommy Cooper ,hats and all, had the audience in stitches.
Songs from the era, accompanied on the piano by Mary Jordan, were professionally presented by Denise Blackburn and Angela Court . John sang with them several times and performed a number of humorous renditions on his own, one of which featured a “large marrow”, his stooge being W.Bro. John Clough. (see photo) Added acts included W. Bro. Bill Sables and Ray Gallagher. Bill began by getting a recognisable tune out of a “Spear and Jackson” cross cut saw and went on to play duets with Roy on the guitar, banjo and accordion. Roy, with his “little ukulele” sang a George Formby classic and then showed us his real talent on the accordion , playing Southern American songs with Bill on the banjo and the audience trying to keep up.
After the break for a cold buffet and a welcome drink, John’s wife Carol, dressed as a lion, gave the lions side of the “Albert” story to great acclaim.
In all it was a superb evening enjoyed by all and included a raffle, the “star prize” (a marrow) being won by Mrs Joan Steggles. The icing on the cake came as John announced that he would be presenting a cheque to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust for £850 in the near future, that being the profits from the night.
John’s next offering on November 3rd at Pontefract is already a sell-out but he does have plans for yet another “spectacular” in the New Year. Rumours of a Provincial trapeze team in training on the moors above Baildon have been denied by the Secretariat. So if you can swallow swords or juggle with chain saws please get in touch with John and Carol Whitworth.
Thank you John and your talented co-stars “your work has certainly been accepted”.