Those who arrived at the Lincoln Arms
in January for the singers night found they were turned away - December's
guests Pyewackett, who had brought their PA, had upset the landlady by making
too much noise and the club was on the move again. The pub opposite, the
White Horse, welcomed us for one evening, squeezed into their tiny back room.
In Feb the club re-opened in the unlikely surroundings of the Market Room
at the White Hart, which was at that time the town's upmarket Trust House
Forte hotel. No old bus seats here, gilded chairs instead.
In May, the club was invited to join the Spalding
Flower Parade, and took pole position on top of the Michelin bus which
goes ahead of the main parade. This was a regular feature for the next
seven or eight years until we were replaced in the early nineties by Die
Apfeltizers oompah band. It was great when the sun was shining but in other
years playing Buffalo Girls in the rain for four hours was not so good.
After six years, John and Penny decided to step down from doing the
organising and in September Paul Dickinson and Mike Stevens took over.