Thirteen candles graced the huge cake that was brought into the dining room as the whole family came to celebrate Dawns birthday. She received many gifts from friends and even got two presents sent from Richard Burton and Ollie Reed. She was very happy as she blew the candles out and made a wish.
Brian and Alice Reid stayed until five o’clock then had to leave because Brian was on duty at the club at six thirty. Brian had secured an exclusive appearance of the Dune Tunes and it was sold out within twenty minutes. In fact he could have filled the club for a week if the band had not other commitments. They were doing this gig free as a favour to Dawn. The club had given her special dispensation to appear again because of her age and the fact that it was her birthday.
Dawn, Gordon, and Tracey sat at a special table at the front with her grand parents. Alwen, Dylan, Dai, and his friend Ian Garrick sat at another close by. They had come down all expenses paid for by Dawn who had chartered an aircraft to bring them.’
The Dune Tunes were preparing to come on at seven thirty to do their first spot and the club was absolutely packed. Bryan had the bar people make sure that his family had plenty to drink all night and there was a special birthday buffet supplied by the club who were going to make a lot of money tonight on beer sales. The concert room held four hundred and fifty for fire regulations; there was at least six hundred in tonight. They got away with it saying that it was a private birthday party.
The band was introduced and the crowd went wild. Young girls who had come with their fathers and grand parents because members only got first chance of tickets which were being sold for five pounds each. The club would make £3.000 from ticket sales alone with the possibility of twelve grand to be taken behind the bar and then bingo sales, which Dawn had put up a £1000 in prize money. The books sold out as did the box draw which was now up to five hundred pounds. It was a win, win situation for the club and Brian was being commended by all of the committee again for his efforts.
“Ladies and Gentleman, and our special guests for one night only would you put your hands together and welcome on stage “The Dune Tunes” the curtains opened and the girls all screamed as the band broke into their first number. “ The Girl I Never Knew”
The first set lasted an hour and they finished it with “Never Give up on me”
The crowd all were standing up and dancing even though it was not allowed in the first half. The dance floor had tables on it anyway to make room for fifty people to get in.
Brian kept an eye on people to make sure that no drinks were knocked over and had the committee men strategically placed in case any fights broke out so they could be evicted straight away. Brian got up and announced the winners of the fifteen domino cards that had been sold that night. He knew that he’d won two of them. Brian brought on a comedian called Bobby Hooper to do a half hour spot before the bingo and key draw. Bobby went through his routine of the never ending story of “Love and Marriage which had the crowd laughing. Martyn Devlin, the chairman approached Brian and told him that he had done well.’
“If we could pack them in like this every week we’d be laughing.’
“There will be a few out of this lot who will come next week and possibly join the club Martyn so you never know. It’s good family entertainment.’
Brian went to sit with his wife near the family table and brought her another drink over.’
“Enjoying it then love?’