WITH his previous two bookings for WEOS having been cancelled, firstly due to the Covid lockdown and then illness, Mark Thompson certainly made up for lost time with an impressive performance for the club’s March concert, its final show at the Fairground Hall in Weyhill.

The concert began with a selection of what Mark described as ‘happy music’, including piano solos, which he followed with a medley featuring the Hammond sound. The tunes that followed were all easily recognisable – namely Barry White’s Just The Way You Are, Ben E King’s Stand By Me and the Diana Ross hit, When You Tell Me That You Love Me.

A change of tempo brought Root Beer Rag (Billy Joel) and I’m Still Standing (Elton John), before Mark introduced a selection of tunes which were deemed to be favourites of the late Queen – including The White Cliffs of Dover and Cheek to Cheek

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John Barry’s beautiful film theme Somewhere in Time preceded a Latin American medley, including Perfidia, Mambo Jambo and Tico Tico, whilst a Rock’’n’Roll medley featured Twistin’ the Night Away, Rock Around the Clock and Blue Suede Shoes.

We’ll Meet Again was a fitting encore – as the audience would surely look forward to Mark’s early return, albeit at a different venue.

The club welcomed its first performer to its new venue, The White Hart in Bridge Street, Andover, on Thursday, April 18. 

For more information about the club, go to weyhill-eos.co.uk.