Navy Larks WOW Stratford

11 Jul 2017
By Jim Platt

On Friday 23 June marquees in the magnificent garden of Dean’s Farm were temporarily transformed into the seaside for the Friends of St Lawrence’s ‘Stratford by the Sea’ event.  A large number of residents turned out for the evening with perfect weather – not too hot and not too cold and importantly no rain. 

The entertainment was provided by the local men’s choir the ‘Navy Larks’ under their musical director Kate Edgar.  They specialise in sea shanties which they performed brilliantly.  Their programme included traditional sea songs and especially composed numbers all performed with great skill and humour.  There was even a local song about a sailor who came to live on Salisbury Plain to get away from the sea. 

We were lucky to have the talents of such an accomplished group; the previous weekend they had been performing in Falmouth at the annual sea shanty singers festival and appeared on the same stage as the famous ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ from Port Isaac in Cornwall.  The audience joined in when requested and many felt it had been one of the best events the Friends had put on.  The evening raised over £400 to help us maintain our 800 year old church. 

Many thanks are due to Robin and Clarkie Petherick, for making their lovely garden available, Tim Howard-Jones, who organised the event, and to Roger and Kirsty Dudin, for making their marquees available again.