Another bittersweet thing to do.

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This is where I live now!

By the morning of the 17th I was by now safely ensconced in the spare room of my dear friends house with a key of my own and an invitiation to come and go as I want.  Hopefully I am a reasonable house guest as I try to be quiet when I come in after a few halves of shandy at some ridiculous our of the night, I wash up my dishes  when I cook, keep the bathroom clean and so on.  It still, however, gladdens my heart that people are prepared to let me "infest" their homes for often considerable periods of time and this is just another reason why I love Broadstairs so much.  Yes, I have slept on the beach but that was by choice in a somewhat forlorn hope of recreating my teenage years.  I was "home" now, I was as happy as I ever get and all was good in the planxty world.

Dedication of the bench to "Hairy Dave".


The title of this review speaks of it being a bittersweet day and it was.  I had heard on the Folk Week grapevine of the death of a guy I had known for many years at Folk Week who was known to all as "Hairy Dave", one of the Hartley Morris side (morris dancers for those that may be a little confused here).  Yes, I do know his real surname but I just prefer to remember him by his nickname.  The guy was a very accomplished morrisman and a better than decent harmony singer and the rest of the side had raised some money to dedicate a bench to him for the benefit of travellers overlooking the stunning Stone Bay which is one of the seven bays in this lovely town.

I had been told by my friend Paul that there was to be a brief dedication at 1100 and so I dragged my weary bones down there (it is a bit of a hill!).
Dedication of the bench to "Hairy Dave".
  Hartley, many of whom have been friends for decades, turned out and after a few mercifully brief words of a speech they took into what Dave would have appreciated most i.e. a bit of a morris dance followed by a song and then off to the pub!  It was an absolutely fitting send off for a lovely man and then it was back to work for all of us, which again Dave would have found proper.  Hartley went off for a pint or two before dancing out all afternoon and Paul and I slogged back up the hill to get the 1230 playaround session going in the George pub.  

The day then followed a fairly predictable pattern.  We had another cracking gig with the booked guest at lunchtime, took off to different pub to start another session purely for the Hell and sheer enjoyment of it, Paul got dragged out by his dear wife Sue and I toddled off for a few more pints before returning to my wonderful "home" for a couple more cans of cider before collapsing into my super-comfy bed.
Dedication of the bench to "Hairy Dave".


I made a comment in a previous journal entry asking "How much better can it get? (I paraphrase)".  It was getting better by the day albeit with the sadness of remembering a friend no longer with us.  I suppose at my age I should get used to it but it still gets no easier and I hope Dave would have approved of our musical efforts that day as they were dedicated to him.  A lovely man and much missed.

Stay tuned.

planxty says:
I cannot believe I did that - too not two obviously!
Posted on: Sep 26, 2017
planxty says:
It is indeed. Dave really loved this place and would have undoubtedly have approved of our efforts that day, he was a great bloke and is much missed. Like Les Mighull and Mark Lwson and regrettably two many others, it is not quite the same without him but it goes on and, cliched as it is, I know that is what he would have wanted. He really was a "folkie" to the marrow.
Posted on: Sep 26, 2017
Toonsarah says:
Sounds like a very appropriate memorial for your friend
Posted on: Sep 26, 2017
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This is where I live now!
This is where I live now!
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Dedication of the bench to Hairy …
Dedication of the bench to "Hairy…
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This is the view from Daves bench.
This is the view from Dave's bench.
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