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Friday 3rd December 2021


Quote of the night:  “How nice to hear about people, their lives and their stories without going to their funerals!"

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs began in 1941, the idea coming to its creator (Roy Plomley) as he sat at home in his pyjamas one cold wet evening. Pyjamas seem to be a particularly fruitful source of great ideas, and so it was that during lockdown the idea came to us in our winceyette to castaway some EACCers and see what they would choose.  The brief was 5 EACCers, with one disc each and story a tell.
First castaway was the skipper, Liz Chettleburgh.  We heard how she started coming to Norfolk as a young child to sail with her parents at Hickling Broad Sailing Club, so by the time she was a teenager the Broads was a big part of her life.  At 18 she met Colin in the Broads Haven Tavern at Potter Heigham, when it was run by Patrick and Robin Richardson’s parents and the rest, as they say, is history.  Continuing the family theme, her sons learnt to sail and weekends were spent taking them to events and competitions across the country. Her record choice was from one such journey to Deal in Kent.  Stuck in an interminable traffic jam on the A20, bored and frustrated, they turned the radio volume up to 11, opened the windows and sang along as loud as they could to Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, only to find the Mason family in the car behind doing exactly the same thing and the remainder of the queue looking at them with bemusement!  Liz says the song always reminds her of those days and those journeys (and probably of an Austin Maxi!)
Next up was Ruth Thompson, who has been the secretary of EACC for 12 years, taking up the role when David was skipper.  Now retiring to make more time for other activities, she talked about growing up in Great Yarmouth in the days when it was busy, popular resort and David Essex played at the Regal.  Music was big part of her life then and she loved Motown and Diana Ross in particular, but sadly she never came to the Regal.  Where the girls go the boys follow, and so she met David and settled down and had her family.  She continued to enjoy music, so when some family friends said they were going to Wembley to see the Irish boy band Boyzone  she jumped at the chance to do a big pop concert in a major venue.  The coach trip was endless, stopping at every tiny village to pick up passengers, and when they finally arrived she was surrounded by screaming teenagers so could hardly hear the music!  To make matters worse, security had taken the tops off her bottles of dry ginger to prevent her throwing them in a fit of overexcitement and not only was she somewhat affronted by this (such recklessness!  At her age!), but had a long, dry journey home with only whisky in her hip flask.  Flying Without Wings by Westlife is the song that most reminds her of the day out, but she says she is happier listening to her favourite music on her playlist these days than trailing down through Pettistree, Boxted Cross and Hatfield Peverel on the A12.  
Scheduled to take over the Secretary’s mantle from the AGM next week, Phill Bennett-Martin was our next castaway.  A relatively new member, he came to EACC 7 years ago via the sheds at Thurne where former skipper and long-standing member Nick Wiggins was doing work on Crocus, the river cruiser that he and Jamie took over from the latter’s family.  Thank you Nick for excellent recruitment!  Brimful of enthusiasm and ideas, in 2019 Phill and Jamie shadowed race control at TMOR, successfully introducing Halsail which will enable us to have results in real time (for OODs), and then in 2020 they joined the EACC Committee.  Having now moved to Norfolk, his EACC immersion will be complete from 11 December 2021!  Phill’s record choice was Katy Perry’s Firework and he told us how it was the ‘first dance’ song at his and Jamie’s wedding in 2011.  Always organised and well prepared, they had been to dancing classes and private lessons and practiced, practiced and then practiced some more so the footwork would be perfect on the day, but sometimes the emotion gets to you and it all goes out of your head.  The horror was still clear when he talked about it, but a wedding is more than the first dance and now it’s just another story of a special day.  It’s a thought for TMOR, however, and perhaps we’ll clear a space and let them show us how it should be done …
The next castaway was Frankie Little, whose quintessential English accent and manners belie her origins in Western Australia.  She told us about her childhood growing up in Cottesloe, where life was based around the beach and they would swim, surf, hang out and even hold school classes on the sand sometimes, looking out over the glorious Indian Ocean, or go sailing on the Swan River.   Her memories of that time are of sunshine, friendship and the joy of the beach and it’s all overlaid by the soundtrack of the early and mid 1960’s, with "Do You Wanna Dance?" by the Beach Boys summing it up.  Conveniently for the purposes of Desert Island Discs, there is an island 10 miles offshore called Rottnest Island so, somewhat controversially, Frankie decided to select this former Aboriginal penal colony as her desert island. I’m not sure this is how it’s done on the BBC, but in the spirit of Norfolk’s ‘do different’ we decided to go with it.  She explained that she would be marooned on Rottnest and would practice her swimming, each day going a little further until one day she would make landfall and join the beach party.  Frankie enjoys watching surfing films to this day, but didn’t say how she felt about Jaws. In 2009, Lonely Planet named Cottesloe Beach the world's 2nd best beach for families.
The final castaway was the enigma that is Roger Everett - classical music buff, quiet gourmet, opera aficionado.   He told a tale of indistinct parts, of the early days of his relationship with Lesley when they were ‘walking out’ surrounded by the dreaming spires of Oxford (where they met) along river bank and path, in cafe and gardens, at parties and concerts.  Much was hinted at; little detail given.  All we truly learned was that he had for a while observed the diminutive Scottish boireannach pedalling serenely along the Iffley Road, oblivious to the emotional maelstrom in her wake, and his heart had been stolen. The disc that sets his heart pounding again (against medical advice) is The Pushbike Song by The Mixtures.  This tale dates back to 1969 and next year Roger and Lesley celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, which is why he chose it.  Congratulations to them both and do check out the YouTube video https://youtu.be/3LZ9TGOGt04  (which sadly we could not play at the event)  for an insight into their sartorial role models.
Fans of the Radio 4 programme will know that at the end of the programme the castaway is asked to choose just one record from the eight they have selected, so everyone attending the event voted for the one out of the five we would take.  The overwhelming winner was “Do you Wanna Dance?” by the Beach Boys, which was then the cue for a brief home disco in a number of households, accompanied by teddies and other stuffed toys. It also meant Frankie had to choose a luxury and she opted for a plentiful supply of gin-based Sundowners to enjoy as she built her swimming skills up to escape level.  In addition to the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Ruth opted to take “Where Crawdads Sing” which, with a storyline about growing up abandoned and having to learn survival skills from the wildlife around, sounds a good choice - I do hope it has a happy ending!
Many thanks to those who took part.  It was a really fun evening and we will do it again, so if you want to volunteer for Episode 2 then let me know at social.secretary@ea-cc.org 



Thanks to our photographers: Julia, Soozie, Jimmy, Frankie, Ruth, Jane and Paul

What a fabulous weekend cruise.  That old easterly wind was a bit keen particularly as we were so close to the coast but who cares!  We were out, nine boats (18 people) and we were allowed to mix as a group and enjoy each others company, there was even the occasional hug.  A wonderful atmosphere!    The nine boats were:-





Moon Daisy




Sun Glory II


We overnighted at Somerton, (where weed continues to be a big problem!), Deep Dyke and Horsey Dyke/Waxham Cut.  We sailed, walked, ate and drank.   There was even a trip to the pub for those in desperate need!


We had surprise visits from Mischief and Brunette and met Roger & Lesley at Horsey who were out walking with their family.


Thank you everyone for your input and thank you Jimmy for arranging for us to end the cruise with lunch at your moorings and please thank Alice & Tim for letting us use the moorings and borrow their (very sheltered) garden.


Ruth Thompson