It had been raining all morning and finally we got word that today's BOTB comp had been cancelled due to the weather and concerns about safety. We were all very disappointed. We wouldn't know until tomorrow if the comp would go ahead for the Sunday or if the whole thing was going to have to be rescheduled. Susan and I were hoping tomorrows weather might brighten up, as we are leaving next week and wouldn't be able to come back if it was rescheduled.
We took the opportunity to spend some more time with my friends and met them in the pub for a few drinks. In the evening we had a family BBQ at Rick and Mandy's House. (Mandy is my sister-in-laws aunt) Susan was already slightly inebriated after the afternoon in the pub, so after about half an hour and a number of people asking where she'd gone, we found her fast asleep on the couch! The boys were very tempted to draw all over her, but they controlled themselves.
We found out next morning that the BOTB was going ahead, so we made our way to the beachfront. After a few moments of sunshine, the big black clouds returned and it absolutely poured down - it was torrential! The bands braved the weather and played on (anyone thinking of the Titanic?) Still we braved the weather, got totally drenched and danced away in the rain. With three bands left to play and Centre Excuse being the last ones on, the announcement came that we were all moving to the Crown and Anchor pub and the last three bands would play their sets there. YAY!!!
It took a little while to set up but after about an hour and a half the music was back. Finally the moment we were waiting for, Centre Excuse. A three piece band, Teddy Lewis - keyboards, guitar and lead vocal, Jamie Rush - guitar and vocals and Alex Rush - drums. Susan and I had never seen them play before so we were excited. The crowd went absolutely wild, jumping, screaming and eventually rushing the stage. They were fantastic and had thew crowd eating out of their hands.
As they were the last band to play we then waited nervously for the results. The winners got a place in the upcoming Pevfest Music Festival and a cheque for 1000 GBP.
They anounced the scores, starting at the lowest. It came down to the last two and Centre Excuse were still in it. Susan, me and pals Lynne and Sarah were in a huddle - then the announcement came - the winners are Centre Excuse!!! We went crazy. As I looked around I saw my brother and the rest of the family going crazy too!
We were all so proud of them.
After all the excitement we then had to repack the cars and drive back to Empingham. We finally got home at 5am, totally exhausted but happy and proud as punch!!