Oh, how the gods do mock us! Even as I was writing about English weather and Cublington Fête we had begun what turned out to be the longest spell of warm dry weather since 2006. So it was that Fairford Leys Fair in the Square on 13th July was blessed with clear blue skies and bright sunshine. Fortunately the Band plays on a small bandstand, which helps to provide some shade, but not for those sitting on the sunny side, so sun cream and hats were the order of the day.
As usual the Band played two sessions, conducted this year by Robert Wicks. We played a variety of well known pieces, including Thunderbirds. Can You Feel the Love Tonight, the march Semper Fidelis, Soul Bossa Nova, and music from the James Bond films.
After playing the first half we were grateful for the nearby ice cream van and stalls selling drinks. It’s hard work playing in the heat, but it was a nice change not to be threatened with rain.
Let’s hope for warm, dry weather for our next outing, the Vale Park Proms on 31st August.