Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

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Hi De Hi

by Russell Turner - 11:24 on 08 April 2017

City Limits’ debut at Lochloy Holiday Park in Nairn yesterday had a stressful beginning. The plan was to be there at 4.30, but half an hour to drive the last mile put paid to that idea. The sooner Nairn gets its bypass the better.

The ridiculously early arrival time was because the park has a schedule and we had to fit into it. That meant being set up and sound checked before 6pm when the function room is taken over by junior holidaymakers entertained by Lizzie the Lizard and her friends. Bingo began at 8pm, in a satellite link-up with the other members of the Parkdean empire, and we finally hit the stage at 9.15 for the first of two 45-minute sets split by fifteen minutes of party dances led by one of the Parkdean Troupers. The play list included Superman – the Black Lace classic, not the mournful Lori Anderson ditty – which gives you an idea of what the punters like.

As for the gig, the crowd thinned a little after the excitement of the bingo, and although not many dancers could be enticed on to the floor there were enough to make the place look busy. The sound was good, a couple of audience members took the time afterwards to tell us they enjoyed it, and we could load and unload close to a door at the side of the stage, which is always a welcome bonus.

We have it all to do again tonight, when we play at Parkdean’s Embo establishment, although Jenna will be absent. It will be instructive to see if the rockier sound of City Limits Lite will be more or less popular, and whether the room will stay busier for longer when holidaymakers, most of whom arrive on a Friday, have had a day to settle in.

Keith and Sam warm up before the gig by playing Guitar Hero.

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