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Jackstraws' 21st Birthday Party

By Sue Hamer-Moss, Bagperson

Jackstraws celebrate 21 years in style!

This year, Jackstraws were 21 years old and we celebrated in style on 20th June in Farnham, Surrey. Braving the fortunately very short-lived drizzle, Jackstraws and 6 invited guest sides celebrated with generous amounts of Bucks Fizz in scenic Farnham Castle before dancing their way around Farnham for the day - not too far away from the many hostelries!! A pageantry of colour, music, dancing styles - Cotswold, Border and North West - not to mention strange mascots, greeted the citizens of Farnham as we progressed around the town.

The evening started with a slap-up buffet meal and a suitably adorned birthday cake, followed by a ceilidh with a great band - Junction 24 - with Hugh Ripon calling. It was wonderful to see so many past members of the side turning up to celebrate, including the very first squire of Jackstraws, from 21 years ago. Party spots included Jackstraws dancing a blind stick dance- fortunately using sausage balloons (the most difficult bit was blowing them up!) and Fleet Morris doing a hilarious spoof of Ring of Bells dressed as commuters on our favourite crowded service.

Our thanks to our guests - Alton, Fleet, Pigsty, Rose and Castle, Windsor and Yateley and we look forward to the next 21 years!