The Platinum Jubilee whirlwind this weekend ended for The Cat’s Pyjamas with us opening The Big Lunch in Chipping Sodbury yesterday lunchtime. The Big Lunch | Eden Project Communities started in 2009, bringing together people from across the UK to celebrate with neighbours and community on the first weekend in June to enjoy a lovely picnic.
It was fab to join The Big Lunch gang after a few years out with the pandemic. The weather was threatening to rain but remained dry and bright all morning, which was a relief for all. It was great fun to stand upon their ‘Royal Balcony’ stage and perform to the crowds. The Cat’s particularly enjoyed the balcony fringe meaning that our feet were covered so we could keep our trainers on! Small things make a big difference, and we were jumping and jiving happily without our heels on!!
The crowd was buzzing, and it was great to see the numbers swell as our set went on. Many a happy face, a bopping mover, and a singing soul amongst them, which was a joy. We were grateful for such a wonderful, celebratory atmosphere, and all of us had a great time. Particular highlights included seeing family, friends and colleagues in the crowd; surviving the manic, fast-paced lyrics in ‘In the Mood’ and us all pointing out Katherine’s husband Chris as the focus of our attentions in ‘Sway’…poor chap, thanks Chris!
So, as I sit at my desk, thinking about lunch and my meetings this afternoon I will remember this weekend with much fondness and smiles. Thank you Ma’am. Xxx
Rachel "Top Cat"