It was a cold afternoon but we had wrapped up warmly for the event. The market square in Cheadle was quite bare of stalls and devoid of people but nevertheless there was a podium set up for entertainers. We stood around waiting for our turn. We were greeted by the Mayor and made very welcome by him and the compere for the event. Stalls and fairground rides lined the main street, which was thronged with people enjoying the event and waiting for the Christmas lights to be switched on.
When it was our turn to take to the stage we passed up music stands, handbells and music folders but when it came to getting ourselves up onto the podium we had great difficulty as there was no step to help us and it was quite high! However we hoisted ourselves up and prepared to ring.
Clad with black gloves we started to play and managed to ring all our carols and Christmas songs. A few more people had drifted towards us and clapped us enthusiastically. A very tall man wearing a top hat, on stilts, stood close to us to listen. My daughter had arrived too with my two grandchildren, which was cheering to me and they seemed to be enjoying the music especially when we played Jingle Bells!
We were thanked profusely when we had finished and we quickly packed up to go and drink some mulled wine to warm us up.