“Laydees n’ Gen’lemen, take your places for a shimmy to Hornsea Floral Hall. Our opening act is the renowned Raymondo with his unique rendition of a popular Music Hall classic! Take it away Raymond”….. “🎶Oh I do like to be beside the seaside🎶”…. “Join in if you want” he added. No sooner said than Matt waded in with “I’ll be there prom prom prompt”
It was obviously a popular venue as “tickets” were sold out very quickly. The “near capacity” crowd…. (ok thirteen then) gathered at Market Cross ready for some wonderful “entertainment”. “Everyone happy with the repertoire?” asked our host. “Do you know the road to Bewholme is closed” sang Paul. “No, that’s a new one on me” responded Raymondo “How does it go?” “We’ll just play it by ear” suggested everyone.
When the participants took to their seats, the show began as we waltzed our way through town to the sounds of heckling from the back of the ‘audience’. On reaching Tickton we came across AndyG “🎶Leaning on a Lamp Post🎶” eagerly awaiting to join the show, swelling our numbers to fourteen.
“🎶Those Magnificent Men🎶 (and lady)” then went flying off on their machines towards Leven and Brandesburton to the sounds of “🎶Don’t Dilly Dally on the Way🎶”. In no time at all we found ourselves in North Frodingham. Coming to the junction at Beeford “🎶I Stopped, I Looked, I Listened🎶” before spotting the “Safety Curtain” appear across the stage indicating “Road Closed”. “Now what?” thought the audience. Undeterred by such obstacles the show must go on to Skipsea Brough.
Turning south to Bewholme it was time for the final ‘act’ before the interval, the dance on Butterfly Hill. Raymondo “fluffed his lines” and somehow missed the start of the cycle path and strayed slightly over the halt line almost into the face of oncoming traffic, earning himself a huge blast on the horn from an approaching car. As the “curtains” came down on the first half of the show, the audience made a mad dash weaving through the heavy traffic to join the queue at the cafe.
After enjoying the sunshine and refreshments, the “bell sounded” signaling the end of the interval. The ‘audience’ took to their seats once more as we jostled our way along the prom prom prom to the sound of “🎶Ship Ahoy! All the nice girls love a sailor 🎶. For the next act from Hornsea to Mappleton the “compere” decided to split the audience into two sections. “Right you first six will be in the ‘Allegro’ group and the rest will perform the ‘Largo’ segment.” Looking around at the Largo group, he suddenly shot off to join the Allegro group. “Was it something we said?”
The two groups came together again at Mappleton….. briefly. The higher tempo at the front soon split the audience again as we made our way to Great Hatfield. However the “tortoises” eventually caught the “hares” when the latter missed the turn to Long Riston and had to back track to the junction somewhat red faced.
Heading down to the underpass at Long Riston, a shout came from the front “CAR”. “What! But there’s no road here” we thought. Sure enough, tucked away in the corner was a vehicle idling waiting for us to pass. Once on the other side, the performance continued through Arnold with the ‘Allegros’ stretching out the peloton before coming together at the junction of the Meaux Road.
For the next act, the audience once again split into two sections as we headed north to Routh. The ‘Allegros’ giving a rendition of “Knees up Mother Brown” while the ‘Largos’ followed “Down at the Old Bull and Bush”.
“And now for the final act. A journey down cycle lane”. “No!” cried Michael “I want more!”….. more miles that is as he swivelled his seat and headed off in the opposite direction. “🎶Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?🎶” sang someone. “Yeh, he’s just headed off towards Leven”. Soon enough we arrived back in Tickton where it was time for the finale. “🎶Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay🎶. The audience then filtered out to make their way home feeling very satisfied with the days entertainment and the wonderful repertoire provided by the great Raymondo.