The Olden Days

Tristan Sally Vieve David © Colin Forward - john mott

Tristan Sally Vieve David © Colin Forward

The Day Tristan Invented Music

It was back in 1962 when Henry Moast had just won the John Leighton Stakes. Tristan, laid out all his winnings, and they stretched from John Mott’s to Brokenborough Docks. Tristan then had Brian Rivet and Julian Ponting, check the numbers in both directions, whilst Leslie Barron gave cover on his moped, accompanied by Chalkie White riding shot gun.

It was all there, down to the last ten bob note – and so, what to spend it on? Tristan decided he’d become a ‘big time’ property developer just like Dennis Pryce. He snapped up a vacant lot, just off of St Aldhelm’s Hill, and his first stroke of genius, was to sell all the turf covering the field, back to Dennis Pryce, who then re-planted it in his field next to Brokenborough gravel pits.

Ken Haylock was given the job of digging trenches all across the vacant lot, to give the impression of progress, whilst Graham Carey came past every day and took B&W photographs. Then early one foggy morning Mr Wilmore fell into one of the trenches. He later arrived at school all covered in mud from head to toe.

All the pupils had gathered in the assembly hall and in came Kenneth Wilmore, a roar of smothered laughter swept across the hall. Houses! that’s what we need, Houses! So for the following year, Mr Gray marched his class to the lot each day, where the boys were taught the skills of house building.

The first house was completed on the 13th of April and so they numbered it 13. A pig was purchased from the bacon factory next door and roasted on a spit, and all the builders ate rasher sandwiches in celebration. The following week, Mrs Barron moved into the second completed house, with a hundred chickens and all the builders had egg and bacon sandwiches.

Tristan then called in a well know interior designer from the neighbouring village of Somerford, a Mr Viner of CND Designs. They laid out their sketches on the roof of Mr Cartmell’s car, and decided to fit full length mirrors in the living rooms, next to the fire places, and have carpets with oval designs and a Dansette record player, as an optional luxury.

The whole building lot was in complete chaos, as Mr Lockyer chased his escaped animals all over the place, and Mr White set his pigs loose to drink out of the builders water butts. Mrs Holroyd had been commissioned to compose music for the first public open day at the show house, but the Bremilham school boys, had had an accident, whilst riding on her piano down St Aldhelm’s Hill, all ending up amongst Mr Lockyer’s chickens.

There was only one thing for it, a last moment dash to Golly Frayling’s house. Golly came and sat in the builders hut with Tristan. Golly hummed and clapped his hands, whilst Tristan threw in random lyrics. Soon enough they had their first numbers. Then Mr Hider turned up, demanding to know what all the racket was about.

Golly leapt to his feet, and banged his head on the roof and in anger kicked over a large tub of black paint, splashing it all over Mr Hider’s best business suit. Golly decided it was time for lunch, and Peter Hider was last seen legging it through Constance’s yard, chasing after him.

That’s it, said Tristan, I’m going to call the first song, ‘Paint it Black’, and the second song, ‘Keep on Running’.

Ten Bob Note © David Forward

Ten Bob Note © David Forward

15 January, 2015
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