The format worked well last year, so why change a good thing? If two consecutive years makes it a tradition, our Christmas Party night followed our now traditional format - giving some of our regular supporters the chance to sing or play two or three pieces in a short 'spot'.
After a quick starter from organisers Phil & Julie, and Dave Walters, we heard a couple of songs each from Trevor, Jim Helliwell, Marc Block, Annie Smith, Dick Stevens, then Catherine Soubre (a tune and a French song), before Brian Franks told us a Christmas story about how the fairy ended up on the top of the Christmas tree. A couple of excellent fiddle tunes from Wil Walker led us seamlessly into a guest spot from Whip the Cat Rapper - the sword dance team he plays for. Whip the Cat performed a couple of breakneck rapper dances and a clog duet to bring the first half to a rousing finish.
Mince pies and raffle tickets gave everyone time for a chat and a catch up, before an explosion of Cotswold Morris dancers hand-picked from the audience started the second part of the night.
Dave & Andy, James Strawbridge, Jenny Bell, and Dave Collins all gave their all, then Rosie & Val performed a version of the 12 days of Xmas with bodily functions! Two monologues from Pat, and a couple of tunes from Jim Helliwell led us to Phil Preen closing the more formal part of the show with the Mistletoe Bough - the tale of death and rotting bodies that has become a regular part of the Sheffield Carols tradition in spite of everything!
For the last half hour or so we sang carols, more or less successfully, until the time came to close another great year for the club, say our goodnights and Merry Christmases, and look forward to 2013.