December 4, 2023

By Margaret Sheard …

Our friends Peter Toms and Wendy Smith invited us to join them and others for a celebration of Valentine’s Night at Bollywood Restaurant in Catalköy, which gave us a nice few hours away from the keyboard.

We all made our choices from the menu and enjoyed a nice 2-course meal.  Our group are all party people and we don’t have a lot of time to join them very often so it was nice to catch up on this special night.

Most people had finished their meals by the time the entertainment started and for the first half we were treated to a Rod Stewart tribute, with all of his well-known songs performed by “Chick” who was a brilliant entertainer, with a very good Rod Stewart voice, he was very fast moving and getting a lot of participation from the audience.

During the break I spoke with his wife Angie and asked her for a few details about Chick – Peter Henstock (hence the nickname).  They hail from Derbyshire and have been permanently in Cyprus for a year, although they had been visiting for some years prior to moving here.   They have 2 children and one grandchild.   In July this year they will be celebrating 25 years of marriage.   In the UK Chick was into Karaoke and this is where Angie met him.  In his profession as an electrician Chick found work was on the decline and so decided to spend more time singing and the rest is history.   While talking to Angie she didn’t mention she sang as well and so I was very surprised when she took over the microphone in the second half.

Chick had disappeared, obviously to get changed again, and he appeared with a glittering outfit and wig and proceed to give us some Marc Bolan renditions.   This man is so energetic when he is on stage, and he certainly got the audience involved and up on the dance floor.   In this second half he had some assistance from one of the waiters – Naeem – who danced alongside him with all sorts of arm actions and a spot of moon-dancing much to the delight of the audience.

Then came the surprise when we were entertained by Angie singing songs by Abba and others, she had a brilliant voice and had everyone’s feet tapping.  Chick was in the background and still moving to his wife’s songs.     Following this, Chick disposed of his wig and we enjoyed a lot more good old favourites.

It was a really good night with superb entertainment, good food and good company.  What more could you ask for a Valentine’s Night event.



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