THE GARDENS of Worshipful Brother Darrell Clayton and wife Sally in Gata were thrown open once again recently to host the local Freemasons ‘Glynderbourne in Gata’ celebration.
Now an annual event, the celebration is modelled after Glynderbourne in England although on a ‘slightly smaller’ scale.
Glyndebourne is an English country house, the site of an opera house that, since 1934, has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Initially, operas were presented within the house but there is now a free-standing opera house on its grounds.
The house itself, located near Lewes in East Sussex, England, is thought to be about six hundred years old and listed at grade II.
Over 130 local Freemasons, wives and guests gathered for the black-tie event, which was blessed with exceptional weather.
A ‘gigantic picnic’ was created as guests brought their own food and many thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the table decoration – with the best table winning a prize.
This year, an element of fancy dress crept in with some guests (and tables!) dressed Hawaiian-style with others dressed ancient Roman-style.
The entertainment this year was even more varied than last – starting at 7.00pm and continuing until 11.00pm with a ‘non-stop feast of talented local entertainers’ including a tribute group, El Divo, a ladies choir, some dancing youngsters, the local tenor, Manuel Lazaro andlocal mezzo-soprano Gill Henry.
At the end Gill and Manuel united as duo ‘Cantabile’ and received a standing ovation.
‘The level of talent for an event of this size was truly amazing and could have graced any stage in Europe’, said Worshipful Brother William Turney.
A grand charity raffle was held – which offered some great prizes and raised an outstanding €1,800 for local charities.
All guests extend their greatest thanks to Darrell and Sally and their team of trusty helpers.
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