Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Quintessentially British

When you think of the Great British Summer, that stuff of folklore that we pray might actually arrive each year, what do you think of? Myself, I'm immediately transported to something closely resembling a BBC adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. I think of clear blue skies, green green grass, cream teas, barbecues, cricket and tennis. And we got all of them last Saturday when our local pub, The Sands End, organised a charity cricket match to take on neighbouring pub rivals, The Hurlingham.

With a large screen showing the Wimbledon Ladies Final on one side, two-full teams in cricket whites on the other, and a jug of Pimms and a burger somewhere in between, Sarah and I had a perfectly English summer's afternoon. The Sands End had put on a full barbecue and bar (anyone who went to their Royal Wedding Street Party will remember how amazing their burgers are!), a steel band, a kiddie's entertainer and a full seating area complete with chequered table clothes, marquees and crucially, a big screen to make sure we didn't have to miss out on either sporting fixture.

While the prowess on the field might not have matched that of the ladies at Wimbledon (sorry guys!) there was a great turn out for the event, with young and old, toddlers, grandparents and puppies alike turning out to enjoy the day. Yet another hit for the Sands End we reckon!

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