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Centre’s celebration of day

Patriotism turned a Bognor Regis centre red and white this week.


St George’s Day on Monday was celebrated in the Laburnum Centre with an afternoon of music, words and drama.


The centre’s hall and dining area were decked in the flag of St George and audience members also had flags to wave.


Ann Ashley, 78, a member of the Laburnum Singers, was chosen to sing a solo version of Rule Britannia to enhance the English atmosphere of the occasion.


She said: “It’s the first time I’ve performed with the singers and I only found out I was singing solo three days ago.


“I am a bit nervous but singing here is great because it give your lungs a work-out and you make a lot of friends.”


The singers’ performance also included Land of Hope and Glory, Jersualem and a selection of songs from the 20s and another from the 30s.


Comedy was provided by the six-strong troop of the Laburnum Drama Group with their Daylight Robbery and The Mobile Library sketches as well as the mime story of The Park Bench.


One of their actors, Margaret Holland, 70, said: “We had some sketches and we played around with them. We’ve been going for a year-and-a-half and this is our third show at the centre.


“We are always searching for new members.”


The entertainment also consisted of poems as well as music by singer Arthur Faithfull, 78, who also led a Neil Diamond singalong.


Karen Haskett, the centre’s activity worker, said: “It’s important we celebrate events like St George’s Day. It’s also good for our groups to get together and put on concerts together.”

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