Heading Downtown with the Honorary Dicks at The Dashwood Arms


Last week, we chose to move from our usual dining area at The Chequers into the bar to take advantage of the open fire. This week, there were diners in the restaurant area of the Dashwood Arms, so we used the 'stage' area of the bar. This is a nice space as long as the piped music is off. Thanks to Wayne, the landlord, it stayed off and we had a fun evening.

Dick was ill, so we had to break our habit of having him start the evening. Instead, we appointed Fred as the first Honorary Dick for the evening, and he started the evening with Bring Us a Barrel (with an extra verse). As it was the closest Wednesday to Valentines Day,  he also sang his own super song, Lovely Lady. Full-bearded version on the right.

The second honorary Dick of the evening was John, who sang She Loved a Portuguese.

Simon had been to the first meeting of the Marlow Ukulele Group on Monday, and brought along his (or his son's) ukulele and accompanied himself on You Can't Always Get What You Want and Stand By Me. This made quite a change from squeezing Basil the acoustic bass into the bar at The Chequers.

Also on the pop theme, Delia sang the 60s hit Downtown. Rosie had had a couple of glasses of wine, and suggested that it might not be about heading for the metropolis. There were also some suggestions of who recorded the his version. As well the correct answer (Petula Clark), Cilla Black and, for some reason, Kate Bush were suggested.

Entirely predictably, Rosie and I brought along My Funny Valentine and Blue Valentines. Also present, were Martin and Stuart and John.

We'll be at The Prince Albert next week (22nd) and The Cross Keys in Marlow on 29th.

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