We just got back from a really nice function up in the Harrogate International Centre. It was an awards dinner for ‘Iheem’ the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management, which was really quite a classy event.
Along with myself (Jeanie), pianist Paul Weinreb and drummer Cripsin Taylor piled themselves and their kit into my motor and we shared the driving – all 5 hours there and back! Still we didn’t want to be stuck in traffic sweating out of our faces so thankfully we gave ourselves more than 6 hours to do it in. The fantastic Selwyn Charles joined us on double bass as he has a head start on us, being based in Northhampton.
Here’s a shot of the awards poduim:
We were based in the back right hand corner of the hall; Paul and I played a duo set as guests arrived and then later as a quartet we did 3 sets after the speeches, during the dinner…
This was the view from where we played:
What we especially loved was the ‘Stars in their Eyes’ style twinkly black out cloth surrounding most of the room – below you can see us swinging ‘Fly me to the Moon’ the Sinatra classic, which seemed very appropriate for the setting:
This video is also now on our videos page.
Well, we had a great blow and everyone seemed to enjoy the evening… We finished ‘around midnight’ (haha) – happily the client had arranged for us to stay in the Holiday Inn which was just next to the centre, so we packed up all our kit and scuttled off back down the goods lift to curl up for a well needed rest.
We woke to a glorious sunny morning – looking out from the 9th floor of the hotel was quite lovely:
It certainly was pretty, and a nice change from north london. We had a slap up breakfast and then got back on the road.
Thanks to all at Iheem, The Harrogate International Centre and the Holiday Inn for looking after us so well – I hope we can come north again soon! 😮