The sound of Christmas rang out across the Red & White last Sunday as the Bangers and families rocked up for the traditional annual carol evening. The night was dripping in festive memories and warm nostalgia.
Caroling that ancient tradition associated with pre-christian festivals, fertility rites, partying and drinking, has always been a popular event in the Banger calender. The energetic Bangers rambled around crooning Jingle Bells, Silent Night and other popular carols, in a mood of Christmassy bonhomie.
One of the hightlights of the evening is, when each nationality represented in the Banger community is asked to sing a carol favourite from their land of birth. Always fun and always hilaroius. Last year, Roberto Guolo the club chairman, had his two minutes of fame with a fine rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s "Time To Say Goodbye". This year, the French stole the night with a rendition of "Le Feu de Rio".
Its interesting to note how the electronic age has caught up with this art form. Choirster were using their iphones to download and read lyrics to songs that were not on the song sheet.
It really was a great night, where even the most shy and reserved of Banger bartones seem to get caught up in the Christmas atmosphere and end up singing out with gusto. Long may that be. Heineken beer played its part in loosing up the vocals