Each year Gordano Breakfast Rotary marks the changeover of annual presidents with a party, booking the Lido café or one of the town’s pub rooms. But what could be done this year with lockdown? Not to be deterred, a ‘Zoom’ event was put together that was to include a cabaret as well as the formal handing over of the presidency from Jenny Wring to Bernd Langheim.
Meetings, including guest speakers, have been conducted quite successfully using Zoom during lockdown. Putting together a Cabaret type event was to prove a big challenge. A steep learning curve was needed to handle the technicalities. Joe Davies, a jazz pianist, performed two jazz piano numbers live from California. Mike Rowland wrote and performed a witty monologue moulding the story of Snow White and the seven dwarfs into the current pandemic. From within their own club, Keyboard player Miles Boyd, fiddle player John Mills and guitar and vocalist Bernd Langheim remotely recorded John Denver’s Country Roads from their homes, electronically submitted their individual recordings to be mixed as a single track and dubiously calling themselves Bernd Toast and the GBRC Misfits to give a performance. Several other ‘acts ‘made up the evening’s entertainment and all who joined the evening were encouraged to wear a funny hat to keep the evening light. As a finale and tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, all were to encouraged to sing along to her famous song ‘We’ll Meet Again’.
With the new found technology, the Club was joined by guests from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Cyprus, Swindon, Bristol and North Somerset for the hour and a half show.
So with so much negativity surrounding the pandemic, Gordano Breakfast Rotary found its positive side.
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