"The sun is shining the weather is sweet". As I walked through an archway of multi-coloured balloons and a beautiful banner I thought that it was an excellent song to be singing when I entered Summer Jam 2012. The event was held at the Wharf in front of Donny's, organised by the West End Girls, raising money for the St Helena Family Support Trust Fund.
It was a real hot day, but sitting in Donny's Bar a cool breeze blew around the corner, bringing with it delicious smells of food from the Pink Flamingo cafe and the sounds of laughter from children bouncing up and down on the fun castle and trampoline.
Beautiful dresses and vibrant tanks and T-Shirts were seen everywhere giving it a summer feel. The Rock Club Rebels put on a show of line dancing, brightly dressed in orange they livened up the day. Two dazzling ladies, Kissy and Rosie both dressed in yellow and denim served colourful cocktails complete with bright umbrellas. The kiddies were constantly going to the bar getting themselves a cold soft drink, whilst licking their colourful tall lolly-pops.
At around 3pm people started to arrive, mostly in pairs, not forgetting parents and their kids. Debbie Stroud welcomed everyone to the event and encouraged them to relax and have a good time.
Directly in front of Donny's was Mike's Munchies, and Belinda's Fun Time Candy Floss and Popcorn. Michael was selling a wide range of food, from kebabs to steaks, everyone made comments of "tasty" as they ate and walked away. Whilst waiting on my serve I was entertained by the water sports arranged by Keith Yon and boat rides by Mia Henry. It all looked exciting but the water seemed really cold; the breeze was whipping the tops off the waves. Basil Read kindly did shuttles from Donny's Bar to the wharf for boat rides and water sports, due to construction work preventing pedestrian traffic. With skiing, knee-boarding, the doughnut and the banana raft, it all looked fun and tempting. Mia Henry was surprised with the turn out, she said "I totally didn't expect this".
Unfortunately there was only one raft that entered the competition, but that didn't stop the St Helena National Trust team. They started at Thompson’s Crane steps and paddled their way to the tiny beach below Donny's. They were commended for their effort.
At 6pm the Big Easy (band) kicked off, the beginning of a brilliant night at Donny's. Debbie said earlier that day "tonight is going to be rocking!" The night ended with Donny's dance party on deck, everyone bouncing, and grooving to all his good beats.
A hip-hip hooray to the West End Girls for their tremendous effort.