An OGAE UK member is now the driving force behind a major town celebration in the East of England with more than a few Eurovision connections!
“We Love Bury St Edmunds”, which started life as a Facebook group, and has now developed a life of its own, is gearing up for it second anniversary party this weekend – “A Night 2 Remember 2”.
Founder of the group – and massive Eurovision fan – James Sheen set up the group in 2015 to celebrate the diversity of and enthusiasm for the historic Suffolk town. Last year the first anniversary party was celebrated in style with a live performance from UK Eurovision winner Brotherhood of Man, celebrating 40 years since their ESC victory.
This year’s anniversary party, which takes place this Saturday evening from 6:30pm at the Great Whelnetham Community Centre also promises to be another musical spectacular. Live acts include Jacquii Cann – former winner of Stars in Their Eyes with her tremendous appearance as Alison Moyet – Paul da Vinci, the original voice of the Rubettes’ hit, Sugar Baby Love.
And what of the other Eurovision connections? We Love Bury St Edmunds, and James Sheen, have been enthusiastic supporters of celebrating St Edmunds Day, noting the life of the original patron saint of England. This year’s St Edmunds Day celebrations took place over the weekend of 18-20 November, and Eurovision winner from 1973 Anne-Marie David came along to enjoy the celebrations. She brought with her noted French composer Jean Musy, who has also worked as a Eurovision conductor, waving the baton for the 1975 French entry “Et bonjour à toi l’artiste”.
Anne-Marie and Jean are now looking to create a musical composition based on the story of St Edmund, and hope to return to the town very soon.
Tickets for “A Night 2 Remember 2” are available here.