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Beer and Buses 2018

On a lovely sunny Saturday 13th October we toured the west wight, and were watched by some large crowds particularly at Totland Bay and Hulverstone.  Our audiences were appreciative and joined in with one of our dances.  We are very grateful that Terry with his wonderful 18 seater coach for transporting us between the various pubs.  Well done all!

Accordion news!

The Scandalli accordion the late Mike Howley bequeathed to the side is doing well, as seen in the picture below. It was entrusted to Chris Toyne last Christmas, who can be seen playing it in Sherborne, Dorset. In Chris' words:

Our bequeathed accordion now in expert hands

The Men of Wight handed over an Accordion bequeathed to them by head musician Mike Howley at their Christmas dance out in Newport on 17th December

 

When Mike Howley, one of the Men of Wight's best Morris Musicians, passed away in May 2013 he bequeathed his Scandalli Vibrante IV accordion to the side. Mike was previously head of Isle of Wight Cultural Services before retiring, as well as a founder member of the Men of Wight back in 1969. He had also composed a number of Morris Tunes to which the Men of Wight continue to dance.

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