After a huge crowd turned up for the brilliant
Huw and Tony Williams it was apparent that the Poacher wasn't up to the
job. On top of that, there were large crowds of young farmers in the next
door bar, so the background noise was not far different from the old White
Lion and the barking dogs. John Sykes came to the rescue by approaching
the Ship Albion where there was a large room which even had a stage - the
only problem was that it was not available on a Thursday. Beggars couldn't
be choosers and so the club became a Wednesday night affair which it has
remained ever since.
This year saw the start of the Radio Lincolnshire Song Competition, an
suggested by Dany Dalley after the regular competition at Beverley
was discontinued. Although the radio station expected it to be a one
event, it proved so popular that is still going strong now (20
usually with at least one Spalding performer being in the finals every
year. At this first event Dany's own song Forgotten Harvest was
joint runner up with John Sykes' Heartbeat of the Fens.