Helen Bach: Planes and Puccini gave me goosebumps

Back together - Thumper and Vera
Back together - Thumper and Vera

I had a couple of ‘goosebump’ moments over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The first was at the Gretton Music Festival, watching the Youth BUSkers event on the Corby Radio Bus.

A young girl performed the operatic piece O Mio Babbino Caro (O My Beloved Father) by Puccini, which I remember from the Merchant Ivory film A Room With A View.

It was amazing, the whole crowd fell silent and listened intently.

She was brilliant – I think we could have another Faryl Smith in the making!

In fact, all the young performers were excellent and should be congratulated – it takes a lot of courage to stand on a stage and perform. Well done to you all.

The music festival was a big success and was well attended.

I also enjoyed the live bands, sadly I couldn’t see them all, but Point Blank were very good, and performed a range of rock music including songs by Kings of Leon and the Stereophonics.

Then on Sunday I danced the night away to Jive Honey, a 10-piece band with three lady vocalists and horn and rhythm sections, who played a wide range of soul, funk, pop and rock.

They were fabulous, a great party band that also included Mike Wedderburn, the Sky Sports presenter, on keyboards!

Before the Jive Honey gig on Sunday, we had headed to Stamford for a charity car show in The Meadows.

At 3pm I had my other ‘goosebump’ moment when the last two flying Lancasters in the world – Vera and Thumper – flew overhead.

It was a fantastic sight and sound – the roar of the Rolls Royce Merlin engines as they went over is something that I won’t forget.

We had been due to see them the week before at the Sywell airshow, but they couldn’t attend due to high winds.

I just wish we could have seen a bit more of them as they just did the flypast and then headed off to their next destination.

But they were worth the wait, and I feel privileged that I eventually got to see them both – it’s unlikely that I’ll get the chance again.

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