Last Saturday there was the first Prize Draw for this new thing called Premium Bonds and all the winning numbers were printed in the “Echo” tonight. I’ve got just a one pound bond bought by my Auntie Letty, who bought one each for me and my brother and sister on the day they first came out. But I didn't win anything so I'll have to wait another month now, fingers crossed.
At school today Pete told us that his Mum has managed to persuade the Minister at St. Peter’s Church in Woolton (Mr Pryce-Jones), to give us a booking to play at the annual garden fete they have to crown the Rose Queen. This year it’s going to be on Saturday 6th July. It’s really annoying as this is same day as Quarry Bank’s Garden Party and we can’t be at both of them. This means that John and Pete can’t have their darts stall at Quarry with the caricatures of the teachers like they had last year which collected more money than anyone else - and as I remember it kept them in funds for some time after! My brother Bernie and I won’t be able to have our usual fried sausage stall either, maybe we can get someone else to do it instead, maybe the school Scouts will take it on, it seems a pity as we sold loads last year and made quite a few bob.
Still, it'll be great having the chance to play in front of all our friends and families in Woolton and we might even get to impress some of the girls from the Youth Club, heaven knows we’ve been trying hard enough! Maybe we’ll have more success when they see us playing in front of a big crowd.
Apparently we’re going to have three different spots during the day. First we'll be going round the village in a procession, playing on the back of a lorry. Then in the afternoon, we’ll playing in the Church Field on the stage. And then finally in the evening we’ll be doing the interval spot at the Grand Dance in the evening, I think George' Edwards' band are playing, we seem to have done quite a lot with them recently and they’re pretty good, they really swing. It’s going to be a long hard day and night! But it should be fun.
Here’s a pic of me and my mate Eric Griffiths (who is also in the Quarrymen) at the Quarry Bank Garden Party last year (1955). I’m in the centre wearing a white shirt and glasses. Eric is next to me in a gray jacket.