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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside….especially Milford-on-Sea this week
Memories can be so good, and when I started writing this piece it was images of my dear mum and her singing ‘this little ditty’ as she used to call it. I can remember growing up she was always singing …perhaps not always in tune …but she enjoyed it….and why not.
“Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside I do like to be beside the sea! I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom! Where the brass bands play: "Tiddely-om-pom-pom!"
This song "I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside" is a popular British Music Hall Song written in 1907 by John A. Glover-Kind. It was made famous by music hall singer Mark Sheridan who first recorded it in 1909. It speaks of the singer's love for the seaside, and his wish to return there for his summer holidays each year. It was composed at a time when the yearly visits of the British working-class to the seaside were booming, (my thanks to Wiki for this info).
I was very fortunate growing up because the family enjoyed many seaside holidays. Memories of digging sandcastles, exploring rock pools, walking along the prom with the band playing, eating ice cream …and just the sheer joy summer can bring.
Family members are very fortunate to live beside the sea …my youngest and his girlfriend have wonderful views of fields, and on a sunny day the sea is seen sparkling in the distance…can’t be bad. Whilst others are just a short ¼ mile walk from the beach …bliss.
If you should be down in the ‘New Forest’ area this week, then you may also want to consider going ‘beside the sea’ because Milford on Sea are holding their annual Food Week. This delightful seaside village will be alive with celebrity shows, dining offers, themed dining evenings, professional cookery theatre, cooking demonstrations, educational talks, wine tastings and the unique Great Dining Bus. There is also lots of kid’s events to keep them entertained. The large and very popular Sunday food market gives you a chance to savour the best of local produce and street food. Everyone at every age is included, and there are over 100 village events & shows, many of which are free, and all organised by local organisations, businesses, clubs and individuals. Milford on Sea is fortunate to be blessed with great places to eat and surrounded by quality local producers, so what better way for Milford on Sea to celebrate this than to have an entire week dedicated to the joys of food!