GEMS Roaring 20’s for Tulips


GEMS (Girne Ensemble of Musicians and Singers) performed 3 nights of 1920’s music in aid of Tulips.


The setting: 

On the evening of 16th July 1929 Lady Susannah Carleton-Smythe (Susan Carling) decided to have a soiree at her grand stately home in the library room at the end of an era often referred to as The Roaring 20’s – a period which is remembered for Flappers and men dressed in Oxford Bags doing the Charleston in jazz clubs and cocktail bars.

Lady Susannah Carleton-Smythes’ guests included The Right Honourable George Ponsonby-Smythe (Stuart Hillard); Mildred Rochester (Lynda Hillard); Lady Cornelia Rose Cavendish (Nikki Froud); Miss Elizabeth Ponsonby (Denise Bailey); Sir Evelyn Money-Coutts (Grahame Ash); The Rt.Honourable Jonathan Forbes-Ffolkes (Alan Carling);  Mr Keith Rupert Drydoch (Simon Harding); Lady Daphne Sidebotham (Amanda Harding); Miss Aurora Dolly Ellis (Jessica Harding); Lady Penelope Peabody (Perdi Brown); Horace E Grafton-Clifford (Mike Redman) and Mrs Muriel Money (Francine Ash).

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The evening was filled with music and laughter with well known songs being sung such as Spread a little Happiness; Tea for Two; Me and my Shadow; Bye, bye Blackbird; Dream a little dream of me; I want to be loved by you, to name but a few and we do have to mention the very aptly titled Tip Toe through the Tulips!

We would like to thank everyone mentioned above for their hard work and dedication in putting on such a fantastic show, in addition we would also like to thank the sponsors Creditwest Bank, Compass Cyprus Chartered Surveyors, Nejat Sik, Cyproductions, David Harriman, Hüseyin from the Curtain Shop, Tervetuloa Restaurant, Anne Redman and Fin Advertising Agency .

Lastly we would like to say a huge thank you to the audience for supporting the shows and who participated in much of the singing and for helping raise further funds on each night via the raffle.

We will be able to announce the amount raised at a later date once all the sponsorship money is in and accounts are finalised.

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Sue Tilt and Carole King