Whitley Bay Carnival 26th May 2019
The day was rainy, at first, with very strong winds, but luckily it improved in time for us to sing. The food stalls nearby were just getting started, as were the other stalls inside a marquee. We sang and signed and even smiled, sometimes! Family and friends gave us a good audience, while we hope that people on their way to the rest of the carnival attractions also appreciated our efforts.
Singing Together - 21st March - World Down's Syndrome Day
We sang and signed with our friends from DSNE in a relaxed session at The Exchange. It was a lot of fun and a good audience turned up and seemed to enjoy themselves, too. It raised a brilliant £635 for DSNE - partly from a collection on the way out and partly from the raffle. There were some lucky winners.
10th Birthday Party - 1st March 2019
About 100 Whitley Women congregated in the Function Room at the Spanish City - stunning night time view through the windows. It was a relaxed evening of chatting and lots of dancing. Val read a poem, including many of the reasons we love our choir and Gilly reminded us of the different things we have been part of, during 10 years of singing and laughter.
Our one and only treasurer cut the cake.
Makaton Signing session
A group of Whitley Women, Down's Syndrome North East members and friends turned up to The Exchange and had a lot of fun learning to use Makaton signs for 'Love is all around' and 'Happy Together' for our concert in March. There will be two more chances to practise together, but you can watch the songs here - nearly perfectly performed!
Whitley Bay Lantern Parade
This parade starts the weekend of the St Nicholas Christmas Market. There were a lot of people in the parade with the children and their lanterns. Our Christmas Choir stood in Park View and sang as they came past, then joined the end of the procession, still singing. When we reached the centre of Whitley Bay, we were invited into Whitley Bay Big Local, and sang a few more carols in the warm!
Remembrance Day - Sunday 11th November
We sang four of our songs outside Spanish City. Gilly thought that 'Only Remembered', sung in the dusk, was really moving. I think we would all agree.
Extraordinary Women - Saturday 15th September
We were happy to asked to sing our Suffragette set for one last time before the performance of a specially commissioned play about extraordinary women with connections to our local area.
We started in the courtyard, with our banners held high and marched into the auditorium, singing.
Once on the stage, we made an impressive array of determined women, hats and all. North Tyneside's Operational Manager for Cultural Services thanked us "for helping to make it a memorable evening".
The sign on the stage before the plays tells you the point of the stories they told about extraordinary women with connections to this area.
Beamish - Suffragette Saturday - 28th July 2018
After a month of sunshine, there was a wet start to our visit to Beamish.
As we marched to the town, a cheeky bus conductor told us to "get back to your kitchens", eliciting a vigourous response from Linda and a rendition of 'You can't kill the spirit'.
By the time we reached the park, the sun had come out.
Led by our drummer, we marched through the town and sang at the bandstand.
After a break for lunch, we met again at the miners' cottages and marched to the mine area for our second performance. It was so windy that Gilly's hat blew off, but luckily a soprano managed to catch it!
Whitley Women marched 'In numbers too big to ignore' - which, unfortunately meant that the back of our group could not hear the front, but we still managed to sing several times, en route, when the parade paused for a while. All the way, we were led by Gilly and two intrepid drummers!
On the seafront, we gathered around the War Memorial and sang to an audience that stretched almost across to the Spanish City!