The event was the 60th birthday party for Pauline who lives on our estate. The food was excellent, the company brilliant but best of all the entertainment was first class.
Pete, who also lives on the estate, has worked as an entertainer for many years and built up a very polished, professional act.
Apart from being an accomplished singer in his own right, Pete specialises in impersonations. As anybody who has tried to do an impersonation knows, it isn't just the voice that you need to get right, the mannerisms are very important too. Pete has both the voice and the actions to carry his impressions off to perfection.
On previous occasions we have been treated to Elvis, a teddy boy and Freddy Mercury. Last night though we saw P.J Proby (complete with ripped pants) and Peters and Lee. I understand he also does a Dolly Parton which I'd bet is fabulous.
There were other highlights as well including the magnificently funny Three Degrees performance, the sharp wit of Jim Ryder who MC'd the show and Allan White's well delivered monologue about King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. The young girls from the estate delighted the crowd with a dance routine to Labelle's "Lady Marmalade".
I have to say that Jim looked all too convincing as a woman in the Peter's and Lee duo! For me though the best performances were by Ron Hawes; first as Sheila Ferguson, lead singer in the Three Degrees and then as Old Shep accompanying Pete in the Presley number of the same name.
A huge thank you to all those who were involved in any way. Your efforts were very much appreciated by us all of us.