AFTER torrential downpours during the day and temperatures more like spring than the peak of summer, what would you do on a Saturday evening?
Turn the central heating on perhaps? Curl up in front of the TV with a warming casserole? Not so in Salendine Nook, where the locals are made of hardy stuff.
Well over 1,000 people of all ages chanced the elements to experience the ninth Concert On The Hill at Huddersfield YMCA RUFC, sponsored by Kingsgate.
An experience it certainly was, from the greeting by the Phoenix New Orleans Parade Band, to the main field surrounded by gazebos where some well-organised individuals were dishing up banquets in the somewhat blustery conditions.
One group had even got the crystal glasses out, and everyone seemed to have a bottle or two, or more, of wine!
So, what is the secret of British hardiness apart from fermented grape juice? The woolly hats and jumpers sported by some of the audience certainly helped, although such apparel was shunned by the tough, young men of the YMCA Colts.
What really did the trick, especially as dark fell and the temperature with it, was the great music performed by some of Huddersfield’s finest, namely Lindley Band, the Colne Valley and Honley Male Voice Choirs and the talented Julia Garbutt.
There was certainly a Proms feel to the concert, but it is difficult to imagine the Last Night being compared by Mr Fixit, David Roebuck, who kept the whole thing running smoothly, with risqué stories and witticisms thrown in for good measure. He even seemed to sort out the weather!
The crowd were appreciative from the off, although the breezy conditions did make for some problems with the sound. Things began to liven up more as the audience started to sing-a-long-a Sound of Music with Julia Garbutt quickly followed by an Abba medley from the band to keep the crowd going.
Remembering the sacrifice of our troops, everyone stood, cheered, flag waved, sang their hearts out and even did a conga – the Colts again – as fireworks lit the traditional Last Night fare.