Jools Holland at Powderham castle

PUBLISHED: 14:35 03 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:48 20 February 2013

Jools Holland at Powderham castle

Jools Holland at Powderham castle

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at Powderham Castle 30 July 2011

Arriving half an early at 4.30pm to grab a good spot, we queued in a quintessentially English fashion. All armed with picnics, tables, chairs and rugs, most were sat around their tables in the queue. Now was the time to assess peoples wealth - based solely on the quality of their wicker baskets and garden furniture. We instantly made friends with Claire and Griff from EX4.

Once allowed in, the rush to the front of the stage ensued. We managed to get an excellent spot (with our newly found friends). Happy with our work, we settled down and started our picnic. No matter that we had lost the sun, it was dry and warm.

The support acts started bang on time: Megan Smith from Nova Scotia was sensational. She sang her heart out, supported by her husband on lead guitar. Then came Mark Flannigan, and the crowds then gently made their way to the very front of the stage. His material was both original and catchy; it was just him with his guitar and his trilby.

Jools Holland then entered stage left and the crowd rose from the comfort of their chairs. His 18-piece orchestra joined him and the party truly began. Everyone was now on their feet trying to catch a glimpse of Sandie Shaws sequined hot pants and trademark bare feet!

The next two hours flew by and I danced right the way through!

At 10.30pm, after several encores, Jools left the stage and almost immediately there was a beautiful display of fireworks right by the castle, accompanied by the compulsory Ooohs and Aaahs.

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