On Friday we were M27 bound and heading over to Sarisbury Green for Julie’s 50th birthday party. We arrived to a hall decked out with bunting, of which the fabric had been donated by the guests; each triangle had a special connection to Julie and was definitely a conversation starter… especially the 5 pairs of boxer shorts hanging amongst the triangles!
Whilst we set up on stage, Julie and her family put the final touches to the hall and then disappeared to get ready. Julie had been treated by one of her close friends to a tailor made dress, and she looked simply stunning!
We were set, sound checked and ready to go when guests began to arrive, with some carefully selected music playing in the room to create an atmosphere to get the party off to a flying start. The band were treated to some delicious food while we waited to start, all provided by Julie’s best friend and family… a sure fire way to score brownie points with us; via our stomachs!
We hit the stage at 9 for our first set, a highlight for us was singing Our House by Madness with the whole of Fareham Musical Society as our backing singers… thanks for the support! Just before we headed off stage for a short break we handed the microphone to Julie’s husband Richard who gave a beautiful speech before leading everybody in singing Happy Birthday whilst Julie cut her rainbow unicorn birthday cake!
We came back on stage playing Julie’s favourite song – Proud Mary – which filled the dance floor! We kept with the disco vibe with numbers such as Celebration and Car Wash, before the arrival of some very special guests… Julie’s son and cast mates who had been busy performing in Petersfield before heading over to join the party! Some of the guys joined us on stage to form an 11 piece band for the final few numbers. Playing hits such as September, Walking on Sunshine and Crazy in Love with an extra trumpet, trombone and saxophone created what really was a phenomenal sound, really making Julie’s night one to remember!
It was such a privilege to be apart of this celebration and we hope Julie enjoyed the night as much as we did! More fabulous photos (courtesy of Matthew) from this event are over on our Instagram.
“Loved the band and I have heard a fair few after 20 years of live music in the pub! Great set choice – varied over the years – always a winner to have brass it sets you aside and the bonus of a male and female singer is more genres being covered! Win win – thank you for a great nights entertainment!” – Hayley (Guest)
“Big thank you , such a great band and very lovely people” – Lynne (Guest)
“What a fantastic night. Great band! Thank you Julie Wharton and Happy Birthday.” – Graeme (Guest)
“We all had an amazing night too, so lovely to catch up with everyone. The band, the food, lovely host, great company, one of the best parties ever.” – Tracy (Guest)