It’s Saturday 14th July and we’re sitting in the vintage tea tent listening to the sounds of “Before You” drifting over from a Star-Spangled Bannered stage, when a Buick glides across the grass in front of us.
Under normal circumstances this might seem a little odd. But these are not normal circumstances. This is the Dormans “Gossops Rocks” summer event – a music and car extravaganza laid on by CCYS in partnership with the Gossops Community Forum.
The Buick is just one of the numerous cars that have been on show. It was joined by a line of minis, mustangs, Chevrolets, a Rolls Royce, a converted Hillman Imp and a Merc among countless others. And that’s before we even start on the impressive array of bikes.
Besides the individual owners, the Tigger and Garfield Experience car group were there in strength, with their range of character-painted cars and cuddly toys. “It’s a real pull for the younger ones” says group member, Hannah, explaining that The Tigger and Garfield Experience travels to country-wide events raising money for mental health charity MIND.
And if cars don’t rock your… erm…boat, there were plenty of other attractions on offer. Music included the fabulous Firegirls and Before You (formerly “Sound on the Stage”), with Emily making her vocals debut alongside Gina, while Faith, Joe and Ben also did their stuff. There was a guest appearance from Presley and Jessie for “Chasing Cars”, not to mention Dave’s stunning solo to finish off the entertainment!
For those hungry moments, what better than Bonnie, Brandon and Leon’s homemade pizza or Chris’s barbecue stand? Meanwhile, in the vintage tea tent, Lexi played her harp, sometimes accompanied by Gina and Ben, while visitors sampled the delicious cakes provided by St Alban’s.
But the queen of cakes for the day was CCYS’s very own Charly (Charlotte Frimley), who deservedly won the baking show with her exquisite naked two-tier cake, decorated with fresh fruit and flowers.
With all this and sunshine too, the day was a huge success, thanks to the hard work of the young people and everyone else involved!
(First posted July 2018)