He never disappoints and this was no exception. 62 attended at Pontefract Masonic hall on Saturday, 4th November, 78 had been present a week earlier, to enjoy an evening ‘Sounds of the 60’s and a touch of humour’ from W.Bro.John Whitworth.
The repertoire was very varied with the following included;
The Young Ones and Summer Holiday, Sir Cliff in his prime,
Suspicious Minds, the King, Elvis Presley, Halfway to paradise, memories of Billy Fury,
Camp Grenada, well remembered most present, Alan Sherman,
Scarborough Fair, a Simon and Garfunkel classic followed California dreaming, Mamas and Papas.
The Interval was then taken and a delicious plateful of Steak Pie, mash and mushy peas, not forgetting the mint sauce, consumed to ramp up the energy banks for a good sing in the second half. W.Bro.John encourages all to sing along, at one point when he repeated the exhortation, W.Bro.Paul Clark reminded him that it was exactly what most of us were doing.
The second half began with,
Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison but John left the shades at home,
My Little lady, the Tremoloes minus Brian Poole and Needles and Pins, or should it be Needles and PinsA, the fabulous Searchers.
Puppet on a String, Eurovision Song Contest winner in 1967 for Sandie Shaw and, California Girls and Do you want to dance the Beach boys.
He also included a Neil diamond classic, Sweet Caroline which was his encore, much to my delight. If he does a Neil diamond night again make sure you get in early for tickets, it is fantastic. All these efforts raised £1710 for the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival making a total of £16k to date and over £133,000 for Charities in his singing career
The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C., thanking W.Bro.John for all that he is doing for the Charity and more power to his arm, and voice, in the future. A superb evening’s entertainment, congratulations W.Bro.John.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.