We had a great response to our Sing a Song of Sidmouth competition last month with over 75 entries. Sandra Kerr (workshop leader of Festival Choir) judged the final selected entries.

Winners were Trish Santer (Adult), Arlo Jallands (Child) and Mac McKay (Multi-verse song).

The winning songs were sung at the Grand Workshop showcase with the adult winners – by the winners themselves and Children’s winner at the Children’s Showcase by the winner with some help from his Mum and Bryony Griffiths.

‘It was a wonderful idea to have a Song Competition. So many great entries made selecting the winners very difficult’. Sandra Kerr

Thanks to all those that entered!

Sing a song of Sidmouth, a pocket full of sand,

Four and twenty shanty singers, waiting on the strand,

When the Anchor opened they all began to sing,

Far too loud and far too low to make the rafters ring.

Sing a song of Sidmouth, a pocketful of dust,

Four and twenty mummers playing cat and thrust,

When the play was at its height they died and rose again,

Collected cash and in a flash turned in to Morris men.

Sing a song of Sidmouth, buckets full of beer,

Four and twenty Morris dancers looking for the pier,

When they couldn’t find one they hit the market square,

Heys and gyps and jigs and sticks and hankies everywhere.

Sing a song of Sidmouthm, a pocket fill of gold,

Four and twenty storytellers whose tales are seldom told,

Tales of strange adventures, stories of surprise,

Some are lies dressed up as truth, and some truth dressed as lies.

Jason’s in his counting house, counting all the money,

Alan’s busy booking acts, the sad the sweet the funny,

John in hospitality, distributing good cheer,

Persuading all the sponsors to support another year.

Sing a Song of Sidmouth, sixty-five years young,

Watch the torchlight flickering all along the prom,

See the final fireworks rend the night to bits,

Load your vans and make your plans for number sixty six!

(Mac McKay 70 ¾)