By way of marking her 92nd birthday on Saturday, the Queen is being taken to the theatre. The turns will include Shaggy and Craig David, neither of whom had hitherto crossed my consciousness.
Whilst it’s possible to suppose that the latter might be a Northern League midfielder, it’s hard to imagine Dave Robinson registering someone called Shaggy.
Still, if Her Majesty can endure Shaggy, then there’s no reason for an old square like me not to sit through Dr Feelgood – and the tribute to former Guisborough Town secretary and press officer John Butterfield proves a brilliant night.
The lady of this house even wonders if she can take the lead guitarist home – and he must be nearly as old as I am.
John, who died last month, had in former times not just been the Feelgoods’ roadie but ran the fan club. Unpaid, the 70s rockers come up from Essex to help raise funds for charities close to John’s heart.
They’re supported by a smashing and equally generous local band called King’s Contraband who, prompted by Town chairman Don Cowan, kick off with Mrs Robinson. That one’s for me – great touch.
Don also talks of John Butterfield’s role at the club – “not just important in helping us through the difficult times, but absolutely pivotal.”
The Feelgood factor proves catching, lots on the dance floor. Their biggest hit, apparently, was Milk and Alcohol. I don’*t touch a drop of the former.
*Yesterday’s reference to South Shields’ third successive promotion prompts an email from Chester-le-Street secretary Lenny Lauchlan suggesting that the Mariners’ remarkable change in fortunes – white knight and all – would make a good film.
But who would play faithful Sheels’ secretary Philip Reay, best known for wearing nothing more than a T-shirt, however low the thermometer?
Lenny ponders de Niro, wonders about Hugh Bonneville or Stephen Tomkinson and then has a brainwave. “There’s only one man who could play that part – it has to be Tim Healy in his Benidorm T-shirt and shorts.”
Maybe not, addsLenny, as his alter ego Lesley.