Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Wed 3 Aug 2016 22:27
Namrole Welcome Ceremony
A longboat, driver and Citee, our guide arrived at ten to take us ashore. The front was festooned with flags and brightly coloured gazebos.
Little ones in their smart school uniform had been given the day off to welcome us, seen swinging flags and waving. Many pictures of the Regent along the wall behind them.
We all settled, dignitaries on the right.
Next Namrole marching band did a very good turn.
The big drums became a platform, then one of the drummers made a crab support.
.........and off they went.
The picture on the right is the Bollywood style shot of Mr and Mrs Regent.
Next were a group who danced very prettily.
Mr Regent taking a photograph.
A lady went to the stage to say some words, Raymond (rally coordinator) nipped up and said a few words and Mr Regent was the final speaker.
The final group danced and then did the what we call the ‘clack clack’ dance. The poles are clacked twice together, twice on the ground, separated and clacked on the ground, at the same time nimble feet hop in and out of the gap made between the poles. Some moves so much like watching a Scottish sword dance.
We were all asked to dance. Bev just about to go into action. Michael danced with Mrs Regent.
The children formed a guard around the edge.
More and more people arrived.
A hearty lunch, cakes and melon to follow.
As we were eating the little ones came up to introduces themselves, all had been taught to say “my name is........, what is yours”.
This very confident young lady introduced her sister and herself. Young dudes.
Bear, now in traditional headgear, was a huge success on the photograph front. The rain stopped so many of us decided to stretch our legs. Our guides – one per boat all came too, they said we could walk to the market, sounded like a plan.
ALL IN ALL A VERY GOOD EFFORT FROM EVERYONE
CONCISE AND COLOURFUL