The hall was packed to bursting point for an evening of live music from the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. The evening's entertainment kicked off at 8pm with Fr. Paul in his element as compère and warm up act. He took the chance to air some more of his cringe-worthy jokes, delivered in his usual dead-pan manner.
The band 'Stone Cold Crazy', comprised lead singer Damian, Richard and Dave with backing singers Dawn and Lisa. Damian, Fr. Paul's brother, bearing an uncanny resemblance to Queen’s Brian May, certainly looked the part with his long dark curly hair. It soon became apparent, though, that he could sing too.
The band kicked off the first half with one of Billy Ocean's classic songs from the 1970's 'Love really hurts without you' and this was followed by songs from Elton John, The House Martins and Go West. For the next song 'Sit down, Sit down next to me' by James, Fr. Paul was
joined on stage by a number of volunteers and they all, energetically, stood up and sat down in time with the lyrics.
There was still time for a rendition of Robbie Williams' song 'Let me entertain you' and 'I'll be there for you' by the Rembrandts, before the first half came to a close.
During the interval, everyone tucked into Pie and Peas and re-charged their glasses at the very reasonably priced bar. Raffle tickets were on sale and the raffle prizes were drawn at this point. Patrick McGreevy, famous for his bushy beard, won the after shave. The music based quiz was won by Paul and Steph.
The musical entertainment re-started with another song from Billy Ocean - 'When the going gets tough'. This was followed by songs from Ricky Martin, the Four Seasons and Bananarama, before it was time for the guest singer, Fr. Paul himself, to take to the stage.
Supported by the band, Fr. Paul performed a version of 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina & the Waves and 'Waterloo' by Abba. The old Morecambe & Wise joke about hitting all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order, was never more appropriate. A word of advice Fr. Paul, don't give up the day job. Despite this, everyone enjoyed it immensely.
There was still time for classic renditions of Queen's 'Don't stop me now', 'Angels' by Robbie Williams, 'Wake me up before you go' by Wham and 'YMCA’ by Village People, complete with dance actions, amongst others. A possy of ladies and a few brave men re-lived moments from their youth, dancing along to these well known and expertly performed tunes. The evening concluded with an excellent and rousing rendition of 'Believe' by Cher.
The whole evening was a roaring success with all 155 tickets sold. In fact the event was sold out within two weeks of tickets going on sale. A profit of £905 was made, not least because the band and the guest singer refused to take a fee. A very big thank you to the band and the Social Group. The proceeds from the evening will be used to pay for re-surfacing the car park at St. Theresa’s.
The Social Group seems to have stumbled across a very popular and lucrative fund raising format and are already talking about organising the next one. Watch this space!