I paid a flying visit to Leeds today for the first time in several months. I thought I would take the opportunity of doing a little last minute Christmas shopping.
I arrived quite early but there was already a buzz around the streets with a street market featuring local produce (nice to see instead of the inevitable German market) and street entertainers competing for audiences.
As I came out of the new shopping centre I could hear voices singing in close harmony and very reminiscent of the Andrews Sister who sang with the big bands of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey band back in the 1930s.
Into view came three young ladies in front of a microphone and singing to a backing track of 30s swing music, and what a joy it was to hear them. As a jazz aficionado I am familiar with this kind of music but it was obvious many shoppers who stopped to watch had never heard this before but they were very appreciative.
A rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (popularised by Bette Midler in the 1970s) went down particularly well. It was also nice to see them dressed in “period costume”.
The trio were called “the Honeybirds” and very talented they were.
As I made my way around the food market I saw a stall selling fresh game and something I have never seen before, a man skinning rabbits, which, had been purchased by customers (much to the horror of some young children………but they do need to learn where food comes from!). They had a wonderful collection of game birds on display all of which would make excellent Christmas lunches instead of the standard turkey or chicken………..so if you are visiting Leeds support your local suppliers.