The ABBA Show comes to Woodcroft

A record crowd attended `The ABBA Show’ presented by the Village Singers Choir at Living Choice Woodcroft on Sunday 6th August. ALICE CONWAY REPORTS.

What a fantastic show we had on Sunday! Our Village Singers Choir excelled, giving us all a most enjoyable afternoon of well-loved ABBA songs from the past. The concert was anticipated to be the best and the residents, family and friends who attended were certainly not disappointed.

All the chairs that we have in the whole village were brought into use by the helpers, including Adrian Hay and Richard Piggott, as they set up the auditorium in readiness for the attendance of close to 180 people plus the choir of 25. A big task indeed.

Residents, family and friends were directed to their tables by Margaret Tylor and once settled with a drink and raffle tickets, were ready for the show, while the choir warmed up in the theatre. As they filed up onto the stage, comments were made about how nice they all looked in white shirts, ladies with their yellow scarves and the men with blue bow ties.

Rob Brooks, who worked the sound system and commentated throughout the afternoon, started the proceedings and introduced our conductor, Doug Tilley, who was given an “umpire’s” welcome. What a marvellous duo these two are. We have seen such a development in the choir over the years and with new members, some new talent has emerged, some of whom were happy to do a solo.

A couple of non-ABBA songs started the show but then continued into the songs we all remember well, including many of their greatest hits. Some of us even tried to sing along, albeit quietly, as we relived our memories of the past. The loud applause indicated how much we enjoyed their singing. It ended with “Thank you for the Music”, a tribute to Roger and Patsy Trevor, who founded the choir before the Leisure Centre was built. Roger led many concerts for six years with Patsy as piano accompanist, before both retiring last year.

It was such a wonderful, entertaining afternoon that we did not want it to end and an encore was demanded. One of ABBA’s favourites – Waterloo – was sung again, to another rousing round of applause before the choir was allowed to leave.

Thank you to all the Choir members, Rob Brook on the sound system, Doug Tilley as Conductor, and all the helpers on the day, without whom events like this would not be possible. It was a great afternoon enjoyed by so many.