Back again in our spiritual home, and singing just outside of where we normally rehearse, we were again pleased to take part in this yearly event. Though we now sing in a variety of places and our members come from all over Greater Manchester and even beyond, we are the Ordsall A Cappella singers, and we owe Ordsall.
There was a magical atmosphere again as people gathered with their beautifully fashioned lanterns ready for the parade up to Ordsall Hall.
This year Lighting the Legend kickstarted a week of events celebrating Salford TUC’s 150 year anniversary.
Yes, our songs reflected that sentiment exactly:
“Until nations cease to be,
Unison in harmony.”
And “Drops of water turn the mill, singly none”. Definitely trade union spirit in those words.
Outdoor events and Greater Manchester are always bit of a risk; it poured. But we were well equipped with umbrellas and hats and it would take more than a few drops of rain to daunt Ordsall spirit. We tried to defy the weather by also including a rendition of newly learnt Here Comes the Sun. You know what? The rain did stop for a very brief period after that.
Something else is very clear too: Ordsall rocks.
Great fun for the choir again. And thank you for the sandwiches, Ordsall.