Monday, 1 September 2014

Like a horse and carriage

On Saturday, a gang of us (me, John-John, Paul, Jim, Alex, Anni, Lexi, Jane, David, Paul Burston and many more) went to a most unlikely event indeed - not one, not two, but twenty weddings!

Part of the South Bank Centre's "Festival of Love" - a two-month celebration of the Same Sex Couple Act - "The Big Wedding Weekend" featured seventy couples, gay and straight, young and old, marrying or renewing their vows on the stage of the Royal Festival Hall, around twenty at a time. It was most bizarre.

However, as our friends and fellow Polari-ites Emma and Toby (after 24 years together, with their daughter as one of the witnesses) had decided that now the law treated everyone as equals that they would finally "tie the knot", it was a must! The Hall was packed to the brim with 3000 guests, as I witnessed my first legal gay marriages as well as Emma and Toby's - and the whole razzmatazz of the day, including live bands, ballroom and line-dancing and much champagne, was rather more fun than I (the ultimate "marriage-phobe") might have hoped...

On this Tacky Music Monday, as we haul ourselves reluctantly back to that other undesirable convention - work - here's an apposite little song-and-dance medley from the Lettermen, featuring Love and Marriage, Me and my Gal and (one from yesterday's birthday boy Alan Jay Lerner) Get Me To The Church On Time:


Have a good week, everyone.

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