31st May 2020

31st May 2020

I have been reading Agatha Christie's autobiography and found two excellent sections about her life in Torquay at the turn of the 19th into the 20th century that gave the inspiration for two more songs. It's a really interesting read, especially when she talks about swimming from Meadfoot beach to the large rock that I can see just about every day when I take the opportunity go for a walk near my house.

One of the songs is about the wedding of her sister at the church in Torre in which Agatha was the chief bridesmaid, There was no reception after the marriage service in the church because they were in mourning for the death of her father the previous year. Elaine wrote most of the lyrcis for the second song but I did change a few words as I wanted to include the reference to how Agatha, as a child, would start saving money in May for the eagerly anticipated fair which was part of the regatta in Torquay at the end of August each year.


The Torquay Regatta

1st chorus

It's the regatta in Torquay

The thought of it brings such glee

With yacht racing in the bay

Money for the fair saved since May

1st verse

On the switchback you'll lose your bearings

Come and buy some dainty fairings

Try your luck on the coconut shy

Bid for nougat please come and try

2nd chorus

It's the regatta in Torquay

The thought of it brings such glee

The horses on the roundabout

The strangest shows without a doubt

2nd verse

Penny monkeys in every hue

Pin your coat with one or two

Can you pitch a ping pong ball

A goldfish prize for one and all

Middle bit

Out in the bay the yachts race by

From Haldon pier you can watch them fly

Brittania sighted up goes the cry

Beneath the blue August sky

Last chorus

It's the regatta in Torquay

The thought of it brings such glee

With yacht racing in the bay

Money for the fair saved since May

Victorian Fairing

I had never heard of fairings until I read about them in Agatha Chrisitie's book. They were given away as prizes at fairs and were very popular in the Victorian era up until the start of the First World War. There is one in my dining room that used to belong to my grandmother and I never realised it was a fairing until I looked up some information about them on the internet.

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