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It’s been a very busy weekend this Easter. We performed at The Beacon Theatre in Wantage on Friday and at Northbrook Park for Bex and Jay’s wedding on Sunday. Today we’re headed South down the A34 and M3 towards Hampshire, Hayling Island to be precise as we’ve been booked to perform with out very popular sixties show.

It was our debut show on Hayling Island and we were keen to see what it was like. Did we need a ferry? Did we need our passports? Was there a time change? Luckily for us April fools was a couple of days away.

This was to be the third ‘Showstopper’ performance The Zoots had put on, after previous very successful showstopper performances at Corton Coastal Resort and Alvaston Hall this year.
We arrived at the former naval barracks now known as Lakeside Coastal Resort and met up with the friendly entertainment staff; Steve, Verdi, Gemma and Lauren. The Zoots had a quick cup of tea and loaded in their equipment. Steve and Verdi helped the band with all the set up. The team pulled out the stage so we had a bit more room.

We enjoyed a lovely carvery style meal, which is just what we needed before performing a our sixties show. We had time available before our set, so we met up with the incredibly lovely Dan and Bianca who we are performing for on their wedding day on the 4th of June at Chaffey Moor Grange.

Before we knew it, it was time for us to go on! We started the show off with our Beatles medley and we raced through some fab songs from The Kinks, The Searchers, Van Morrison, Elvis and The Four Seasons. The audience were really friendly. They loved the song choices and we’re singing along and dancing throughout! I think they knew the words better than I did!

We played some new songs including ‘That’s Alright’ by Elvis and ‘Surfin USA’ by The Beach Boys. I was lucky enough to see The Beach Boys at The Royal Albert Hall last year; it was great to play a song by a band who I’ve seen live! My Dad was a big fan of The Beach Boys and we always had their music playing in our cars when I was young. My Dad would sing to me as a child and now he does the same to my lovely niece. With the help of lead guitarist Ben’s (have you checked out his new website?) brilliant vocal arranging, I think we will be doing some more Beach Boys in the near future.

The show was great fun and the applause was astounding. After every song there was a huge cheer from the Lakeside crowd! The Zoots performed a 100 minute non stop show!

For the last song I asked the Lakeside crowd to surround me on the dance floor and we all sang together.

Thank you so much to all the Entertainment team at Lakeside; Steve, Verdi, Lauren and Gemma with special thanks to Lauren who took the pictures of our show.

Thank you so much for all your support. Thank you to Harriet, Ben, Simon & Dan for doing such a fab show!

Jamie Goddard
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