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A Story From Brenda

Methodists are not supposed to drink wine I think?

Well I was brought up as a Methodist in the 30s 40s and 50s and in my mid teens I went to the Royal Academy of Music in London. At that time there was a famous conductor called Sir Thomas Beecham who would not have ladies in his orchestras!

Guess what happened?

I was sent from the Academy to be the soloist at a concert! When I arrived at the concert hall I was greeted and given a drink but soon we were told we had to move. My Mummy always said that if someone gave you a drink it was rude not to drink it so I did!

I now know it was a full glass of sweet sherry.

To this day I have no idea what I said and I have never drunk before a concert the only thing I do know is that I got rave reviews in the paper.

Whew!!!!

Brenda Bloom

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Gill Watts
Gill Watts
Apr 01, 2020

Brilliant Brenda. Thanks for sharing.


Gill

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johnsonmay
johnsonmay
Apr 01, 2020

Great story! Mavis and I used to go carol singing with members of the Methodist Fishermen's Mission in Cullercoats, who frowned on drinking. We always sang at certain houses and one old lady would insist on giving us a glass of her home-brewed parsnip wine which she was convinced was not alcoholic. The singing always seemed to improve after that!

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