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      31.08.2001 20:44
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      While taking a well earned Bank Holiday break to prepare an op, unfortunately for all those Dooyoo members I promised to name drop, I spotted a good crack which I thought I should report to you at short notice. To those many thousands of you that must be unhappy about this, I'm sorry, but anyway I've been Crowned now just in case you hadn't read it elsewhere, but your name will definitely be mentioned soon. The important event I've got to tell you about is the 11th International Hop Festival at Faversham in Kent. So why is it that I should mention it to you. Well, two of the sponsors are J.D.Wetherspoon and Shepherd Neame, and there are 16 public houses in the town, so are you close yet ?? Over the years Faversham has become the venue for one of the principle street festivals in Kent. The Hop Festival is a celebration of the hop harvest, and of the days when thousands came to Kent every September for a country holiday with pay, wish I had been one of them !! The festival remembers those days, bringing it up to date with concerts, dancing and street entertainers. Can you see now why I want you to know about it ?? If you can't I'll whisper it now..It's got to do with having fun...and perhaps a little drink !! This years festival is from August 31 to September 2, but for those slow at reading, next years is August 30 to September 1, 2002 of course. Now this years festival starts on Friday 31 August at 8.30 p.m. in Faversham Folk Club, with the New Scorpion Band, admission being £8. The New Scorpion Band present folk songs and dance tunes from the sixteenth to the twentieth century accompanied on acoustic folk, woodwind and brass instruments. However , as there is live music in four of the pubs for the more reasonable price of ...free, guess where I'll be ?? For those of you who wondered if I'd be drinking and driving, well camping is available for tents and caravans in Abbey School, which
      is where I'll be ( well, that's the basic idea, but if a nice member like pollee has any other ideas, I'm all ears !!). Never one to miss out, I've found out that on the Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there are Shepherd Neame Brewery tours for £1, including a free drink at the Mobile Bar. I may (will I ??) do one of the following :_ 1. Visit Faversham Parish Church where tea, coffee, cakes and rolls will be served. 2. Faversham Town walking tour for 90 minutes OR 3. In the Gatefield Hall, Alexander Centre, paying £4 to have my photograph taken holding the F.A, Cup... Eh !! Are these people real, do people REALLY do things like that ?? On Saturday events start at 9.45 a.m, and on Sunday 10.00 a.m., all events being held in The Market Place. Both days start with the Festival Band, local musicians playing for early risers, but definitely not me !! Don't think I'll be at the Saturday Opening Ceremony at 10.30 a.m. either, when The Mayor also presents the Window Dressing Competition Prizes. Joanna Hudson may be showing her new photo in one though !! Various times during the two days I may be found dancing around the Market Place waving my hankie and ringing the bells on my shoes with the Morris Dancers, and other highlights (??) will be the pearly kings and queens, and a 50 strong band of musicians playing European music. However, I believe the highlights which I'll be attending will be :- 1. Stilt walkers and street entertainers. 2. A ceilidh band called Tickled Pink. 3. An R & B Band called Stormy Monday. 4. Perhaps best, the procession at 11.00 a.m AND, there is The Hoppers Ball with Tickled Pink at 8.00 p.m., admission £6 where I hope my many fans on Dooyoo will ask me to dance, I'll be wearing the shiney Gold Suit donated to me by The Cat. But a-true-ben and Smark1985, I will dance with the ladies first. If any of yo
      u get too tipsy when you are there, stay until Saturday 8th September, when there will be a raft race, which also has live music. I hope to add more info to this op, but must get on with my DIY series. If you would like more info, contact me or :- Phone 01795 585601/585609. Jan West or Chris Heathfield. Website www.faversham.org.

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