The Rose & Thistle

So, on Sunday we took our third trip over to the charming village of Rockbourne, this time for a party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 4th anniversary of Kerry’s reign at the Rose & Thistle. The whole village was adorned in red, white and blue, and was possibly responsible for the national bunting shortage!

The village had events throughout the day and we arrived at the pub just before 4pm to be set up for 5pm it was good to see people everywhere already in festive spirits. Basket Case, the band for the evening, arrived shortly afterwards and were all set by the time the bar and gardens really started to fill up. Despite the weather not being as kind to us as it had on previous visits the atmosphere was brilliant.

Basket Case played 2 sets with a short break to enjoy their super – as I said yesterday, those pork baps were the best I’ve ever tasted! I’ll do another post all about the band somewheb in the coming days, suffice it to say for now that they ROCKED!

To be honest, they were so good I had no idea how I was going to follow them! I needn’t have worried, a mix of recent dance hits with plenty of classics kept the dance-floor packed. Kerry, our charming host, and Bridget hosted their dance-off and, as usual, experienced considerable difficulty in getting people to step back as they whittled down the entrants to the final winners.

We concentrated on up-lighting the marquee and used a couple of other effects lights on the floor and ceiling, as the evening went on it looked really great. I also decided to use the new DJ booth screen again which looked great despite the fact it was a bit wonky on the lawn of the pub garden.

Everyone was so welcoming and kind, these people really know how to party and we very much hope to be invited back to celebrate Kerry’s fifth anniversary next year. If you are looking for somewhere different to visit I can wholeheartedly recommend finding your way out to Rockbourne and The Rose & Thistle.

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