The evening entertainment on our last evening at the National Rally was a Maori family group headed by the very pleasant patriarch, Charlie. They played all the good songs from the 50s and 60s that we grew up with. We danced away in the marquee on the grass – anything from the fox-trot to rock’n’roll.
As the evening wore on the band asked for requests. Then people were asked if they would like to come and have a turn. Our two blindfold driving winners Peter and Robin jumped up on stage. “Do you know Rule Britannia?”, Peter asked the keyboard player. The look on his face was priceless. Robin and Peter burst into song, first singing their version of Rule Britannia. This was closely followed by the Woodpeckers Song.
As the evening was coming to an end we were once again asked if anyone wanted a turn. So the “Heretaunga Quartet” featuring Jenny and Robin, Peter and Elaine stepped up on stage for their debut performance. It just had to be that wonderful song that has become a New Zealand classic, Ten Guitars. We knew all the words, and sang every verse. Were we in tune? Who knows, but it sounded pretty good to us. What a pity I hadn’t passed my camera on to someone to take a few snaps. Now we will just wait for the call from talent scouts!!