Rufford Country Park is about thirty minutes drive from Worksop and is a very popular place for young families because of the space for walking and running around, and perhaps because it is on the site of the old abbey it seems to be a very peaceful place, despite all the active events that take place.
Yesterday, 21st December, despite the freezing wind, the walled courtyard resounded with the local U3A Steel Band, Steelpantastic, doing a two-hour medley of both Christmas tunes and reggae styles.
Having seen the genuine Trinidad Cavaliers band in action many years ago in
Australia I confess the contrast of an all-white and middle-aged band playing enthusiastically for two hours under an open canopy in the wind of a British winter while wearing blue fleece uniform jackets adorned with a jolly palm tree was something I would not have missed for quids!
Despite being unable to sit for long in the exposed conditions, the littlies were mesmerised by the rich sounds and harmonies coming from the steel drums.
The sense of fun and enjoyment coming from the band gave a real feel of the spirit of Christmas and it proved a great afternoon.
Video on Youtube Steelpantastic at Steelpantastic at Rufford Abbey 1(2): http://youtu.be/I6-prWq6WJk