Friday, 13 December 2019

Carols at Costa



It was the day before the General Election and I was feeling really down and despondent. I needed to get myself into a more Christmassy and generous spirited mood. Shipley Christians Together were advertising 'Carols at Costa' in Shipley, an event in the local coffee shop to raise money for Christian Aid, so I thought I'd pop down and join in. I met up with some friends there and we had a good time singing carols and joining in the general merriment. There was a fiendish quiz, to try and work out the names of some well-known carols! Music was provided by local musician and legend, John Froud, and his daughter. We sang familiar carols and some Christmas songs, including a local version of 'On the first day of Christmas':

'On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a fat rascal and a cup of tea; 
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me: two flat caps and a fat rascal and a cup of tea; 
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me: three Brontë sisters, two flat caps and a fat rascal and a cup of tea'

and so on, in the same Yorkshire vein! (For the non-Yorkshire folk, a fat rascal is the name of a sweet fruit scone that is a local speciality, especially those made by the famous Betty's Tea Rooms.)

Walking through Shipley market place to get to Costa, I stopped to take a phone snap of the Christmas tree. It has flashing lights, so that is hard to convey in a static shot. It looks, in reality, a little brighter and more colourful than it appears here. It's spoiled every year by the railings around it!


5 comments:

  1. The railings are probably needed to keep vandals away but there must be a nicer way to do that. Glad that you had fun, Jenny!

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  2. Loved the Yorkshire version of 12 Days of Christmas! Nice tree, and it's a shame about railings around the tree. Glad you got yourself into a better mood!

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  3. It sounds like it was a nice event, I imagine so many people try to tamper with public Christmas trees hence the railing around it for health and safety.

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  4. My goodness, are Betty's Tea Rooms of Ilkley still in business? My Grandpa took me there as a child!

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