Hoggies Celebrate the Queen´s Diamond Jubilee

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THE Torrevieja Pipes and Drums provided some of the entertainment at the Jubilee party at Hoggies Bar in San Luis Saturday.

Those who attended were encouraged to wear red, white and blue and there was a prize for the best crown.

The bar was decorated inside and out with Union Jack bunting and balloons And staff dressed in patriotic colours with the barman in a Union Jack waistcoat.

Other entertainment was provided by Caroline, Hoggies´very own ‘Dodgy Diva’, ‘A Touch of Class’, and ‘El Sabor Flamenco Dancers’.

By 3pm, with the bar and the outside conservatory packed, the tap dancers set off the celebrations with a fabulous performance of “The Court of King Caractacus,” The song, by Rolf Harris, was a very appropriate choice as Caractacus, according to Roman history, was the first British hero.

He led the forces that managed to resist invasion by the Romans for nearly nine years.

Even when he was eventually captured and sent to Rome to face Emperor Claudius, he managed, with his true British courtesy and persuasion, to win a pardon.

The King convinced the emperor that if he was spared then Claudius would be remembered forever for his clemency.

However, arguably it is the rhetoric of King Caractacus that lives on rather than the Emperor´s compassion.

The Torrevieja Pipes and Drums continued the entertainment with a number of well known tunes, including Amazing Grace, finishing off with a fabulous rendition of God Save the Queen.

The customers were all upstanding for the National Anthem; a burst of applause rang out before the drummers performed their celebrated drum solo.

The El Sabor Flamenco dancers then took to the floor in their colourful costumes to perform their well rehearsed routine.

The barbecue was hotting up, and with a flurry of activity from the bar staff, burgers, sausages and a cold buffet was laid out for everyone to enjoy, all free of charge.

Dodgy Diva, in her usual professional style, set off the evening´s entertainment by singing the first song then encouraging others to have a go.

The day ended with the award for the best crown, which was presented to six-month-old baby Teagan who had worn her little crown all day.

She was held high by her grandmother to receive a tin of Celebration chocolates.

By Wendy Lawrenson

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