Last night’s gig at The Bell in Hardwick could have been an absolute disaster but turned into one of the best nights the band has had for ages.
The newly refurbished and re-opened pub had booked a Marquee and put on a reopening event selling over 50 tickets for a meal and live band. On Tuesday the new ovens and extractor hoods packed up and they had to refund everyone and arranged for the people to eat elsewhere.
Carnaby Street therefore played the first set to three people and the bar staff.
Suddenly at about 9.45 all 50 of these cancelled bookings turned up in a mini bus and cars and the pub was suddenly packed out.
Loads of people on the dance floor all bopping to the music and the night ended up in a 20 minute encore and a huge conga line dancing through the pub and round the car park. Brilliant!
That’s what we call loyalty. Ian Tring and his wife, the landlords, must be really well thought of in the village for all those disappointed customers to come back after they’d eaten elsewhere en-bloc to support them and their lovely team.
We could all do with a bit more of this kind of local support for village pubs and family run businesses in this country we reckon.
Bit of a break now for a couple of weeks after a fairly hectic few weeks of gigs. Back in the Autumn with some new songs.