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WASH 1988

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WASH 1988

“Agadoo doo doo, push pineapples, shake the tree
Agadoo doo doo, push pineapples, grind coffee”

Yes 1988 was the year Black Lace hit WASH…


What the committee said…


The fifth WASH event at Hunstanton was a sell out with 620 people attending the weekend. Demand was so high this year that all tickets were sold seven weeks prior to the event. In fact we had to turn away 70 – yes, seventy people who wanted to come.

OVERBOARD 1989's film

OVERBOARD - 1988's film

The entertainment line-up was the strongest ever for WASH and featured the following acts:-
DJ’s – Enzo, Dick Ropa and 18+ Legend John Dean
Bands – Five Card Trick returning for the third time !
Hit Sixties band Vanity Fare

Party band “Black Lace”
The excellent Real Thing just back from a tour of Germany.
Cabaret – Andy Leach, a comedy magician from New Faces.

A surprise to the weekenders was the appearance of comedian Mike Reid from Eastenders.

Daytime entertainment included the WASH challenge shield, a car rally, sauna and solarium. Over 240 people went swimming in the local Oasis Centre and over 400 attended a private screening of Goldie Hawn’s latest film “Overboard.” Horseriding and a golf driving range were also close to hand.
On behalf of the WASH Committee I would like to thank all members for attending and making the event the success it has now become. Work is already advancing for WASH ’89 next October, and an even more spectacular event is being planned. Capacity will be increased to 700 members, but an early booking is advised. I look forward to seeing old and new faces at WASH ’89. Everybody Have a great year !
COLIN T, WASH ENTERTAINMENTS (Plus News, January 1989)


Black Lace

A funny thing happened…

On Friday night, after Five Card Trick had played their set there was the strange sight of the dance floor being cleared apart from a handful of people crawling round on their hands and knees – looking for a lost contact lens ! The lens belonged to Nicola P from Leeds Central group, and after a few minutes the lens was sucessfully located and the dance floor filled up with dancers again.


Searching the floor for the missing lens
(Nicola is the one on the right)
Nicola P – with vision intact – on stage with Black Lace

A funny thing happened…

1988 was the year of Wharfedales infamous “Uncle Git’s Flaggon Waggon Session Tour” to ‘celebrate’ all the events we went to in that year we produced hundreds of little leaflets which we then proceeded to leave all over the venues we visited, tables, floors, walls we just littered the places !

Over the year we travelled over 4,400 miles, went to 33 events and deposited over 6,000 of these leaflets (Caister alone got 1600 !) Any photograph of a Yorkshire Area or National event from that year will likely have one of these in it somewhere. They became a sort of cult item, people who neither knew us or had any idea what it was all about were making collections of them.

(At least Searles did clear them up… at Caister ’89 there was still one stuck high up on Neptunes Palace wall – and they weren’t adhesive, it was just stuck on by wetting it with beer !)


WASH was littered with 400 of the leaflets in 1988
Roger on the WASH dancefloor showing several Flaggon Waggon leaflets (ringed in red)

A funny thing happened…

I guess the SUnday lunchtime entertainment must have finished a bit earlier than planned becasue we all got down to the Princess Theatre a bit before the film was due to start. As we were all sitting there with a stage in front of us it was not long before Jonathan from Spalding, ever the instigator of amusements, got a few more Plussers got onto the stage to entertain us… with an acapella version of the Time Warp, complete with all the actions, fortunately the film came on before they could start on another song.

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