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Orpington Folk Club celebrates 40th birthday 19th May 2005
On 19th May 2005 Orpington Folk Club celebrated its 40th birthday.  Over 70 people attended.  To Mark the occasion as many guests, ex-resident singer/musicians, organisers and members of the club were invited.  Some coming from as far a field as Somerset and Buckinghamshire.  Ross Barlow who was there on that first night performed a song he had especially written for the occasion entitled,
When Ralph McTell Played Orpington
After the interval a 40th birthday cake made by Ted Handley was ceremonially cut by him and Ivan North. Terry Sparkes one of the founder members gave a short speech.  He explained how he, Chris Andrews and Kevin McCabe started the club and how surprised they were that night, when over 200 people turned up at the 'Royal Oak', Green St Green. Terry commented how, "There was no one there over the age of thirty".  Our thanks go to all those who entertained us at the celebration and to those who came just to listen, reminisce and meet old friends
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For a few photos of the evening go here...
Singers List :-
Dave Plane
Ross Barlow
Coopers Hoop
(Brian Bruce & Mike Moony)
Linda Watkins
Walking the Witch
Mike Green
Buttons
(Pam & Paul Button)
Ron Trueman-Border
Ian Petrie
Keith & Anne Halford
Ralph Henning
The Scratch Band
(Steve Jennings -Ted Handley)
(Ivan North - Anne Halford)
(Brian Bruce
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Here's to another forty years. "Cheers"
Orpington Folk Club
Orpington Folk Music & Song