Bramham Grand Depart celebration

NAWN 1406223AM6 Bramham Scarecrows and picnic. The Tritschler party. (1406223AM6)

NAWN 1406223AM6 Bramham Scarecrows and picnic. The Tritschler party. (1406223AM6)

Villagers in Bramham staged their own Grand Depart celebrations last weekend to raise around £3,000 for the NSPCC.

Led by the 10-strong NSPCC committee, several community groups raced away with a weekend of fun with a French flavour to mark the pending arrival of the Tour de France in the area.

From a sell-out French Evening in the village hall to a scarecrow festival and picnic, the event was declared a roll away success.

Spokesman Lin Tritschler said: “The NSPCC extend their thanks to all the Community Groups and individuals of Bramham who worked together to make these events a success.”

Some 140 guests were treated to a champagne reception, followed by a four-course meal which had been prepared and served by the 10 strong Bramham NSPCC committee at the village hall.

Then there was non-stop entertainment with a French/Yorkshire flavour was provided throughout the evening by local talent.

The cafe scene was set by the accordian duo George Syrett and Sue Wilkinson, the lights dimmed and the audience was transported to the Parisian nightclub scene.

Lin added: “Alison Mackie’s troupe of eight local volunteers ”Les Folies de Bramham” made their world debut and raised the roof with their titillating high kicking can cans.

“They were undaunted by the interloper, Matt Suddaby’s cameo appearance in the third act.”

Bramham Drama Group showed their versatility with three hilarious Allo Allo sketches ably led by newcomer Rob Freeman in the part of Rene.

Cabaret style singer Terri-Ann Prendergast (a Princes Trust supported business) powerfully delivered a medley of well-known numbers and the evening was ably rounded off with a mixture of humour and song, by local Ian Gomersall.

Sunday morning saw over 70 scarecrows springing up around the streets and gardens of Bramham.

“The whole village came alive as throngs of family groups meandered around the village admiring the talents and creativity of their fellow residents.

“Glorious weather was a bonus for the Yorkshire Countrywomen who served refreshments from the picturesque Senior Citizens centre.”

A large crowd finished off a highly successful community weekend by turning up on the playing Field with a rug, a picnic and some garden games to share with their neighbours.




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