Since we reformed as Rochester Blind Bowling Group, we have received massive support from Doreen and Aubrey Belsom. Their wedding anniversary is in January, but to avoid the vagaries of the weather they hold their celebrations around Doreen’s birthday, in early April. It snowed on Thursday! But three days later saw the best day for ages, the sun came out especially for the party at Bredhurst Village Hall.

As usual, there was a huge amount of food and refreshment available and, after Keith had provided the first part of the evening’s entertainment with his keyboard arrangement of many old favourites, Paul Kaye returned to the stage, a regular date in his calendar, over the last few years. Paul has a voice with the most wonderful range and he can, basically, sing anything and everything. He is proud to claim that he has never been stumped by any request – however hard we try to trip him up, and he takes it in good part. He is a born entertainer who fully entered into the family spirit of the day, involving their granddaughters, as much as he could. Isabelle sang with him, on stage, and maybe (one year) he will succeed in coaxing her younger sister into joining them! The show went with a swing. He loves the audience to join in, but there are plenty of times you want to hear just Paul sing – and who could follow his full vocal range anyway!

He took us through two raffles, with masses of prizes in each, and RBBG were exceptionally fortunate, even by their own standards, with the number of our tickets drawn. We are used to carrying off lots of prizes, but this was ridiculous!

With a final section of Paul’s set, lots of dancing, lots of singing along, he closed with a powerful rendition of ‘Without a Song’ and another fine evening ended on a high. Once again, Doreen and Aubrey had done us proud, incredibly generous.

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