I warm to this kind of party!
As I sit down to write this week’s column, it is the day after the night before and the night before was a very late one. On Sunday, we had the kmfm ‘do they know it’s Christmas …yet?’ party and if I say so myself, it went very well indeed. It was a beautiful day in every sense of the word. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun shone down on us as if it was illuminating the proceedings for us and us alone. The unfortunate part was that it was unbelievably blooming freezing. The stage was set outside Utopia at the bottom of Bank Street, the Christmas tree was looking resplendent in its dressing and the barbecue (yes, you heard me, a bbq in the middle of December) was a beautiful oasis of heat that people hovered around much like moths to a light. But sensible people took refuge inside where mince pies and mulled wine were going down a storm. The only foolhardy stalwarts who were outside were the brilliant Salvation Army band who played on regardless. It was very reminiscent of the band that played on as The Titanic sunk: nothing was going to stop them banging out the tunes, not even their lips being frozen to their instruments (so to speak). I doff my imaginary cap in your general direction, above and beyond the call of duty guys. Thank you. The evening part of event was the unveiling of my “Webbo’s Dusty’s Years Disco” (available for parties, bar-mitzvahs and charities) ably assisted by Matt ‘the mirror ball’ Ball and Ben ‘the vinyl’ Watson. That’s right, he still uses the old fashioned method, genius (by the way kids, vinyl is like a big plastic cd and to listen to it, you have to put a needle on it as it spins around... crazy). I’ve been involved in quite a few charity events since being in this job and I have to say that I am always amazed at just how generous you lot are. It doesn’t matter what the cause is, you always come up trumps, and so I thank you whole-heartedly for putting your hands in your pockets (best place for them in this weather) and parting with hard-earned cash. We did manage to drag the lot of you outside to witness the celebritypacked Christmas tree light switchon. And drew the build-up out long enough, in true pantomime style, for the arrival of a very tardy Razor Ruddock. It was almost as if it had been rehearsed. Somehow he even managed to get the biggest cheer. Thanks also to my new found friends Barry Fuller, the Gillingham FC captain and Jamie Staff, with his Olympic gold medal, who were adequately early for the proceedings. So Sunday’s party on top of our ‘kmfm senior citizens Christmas party’ last Thursday has now really got me in the mood for the big day. I’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you get everything you deserve.