Winning Post Whitton

Brandon's club in West London put on a great show for the forties crowd.

It was A Military Affair at The Winning Post in Whitton on Friday 12 November 1999, as Sophie Garner and Her Swing Kings teamed up with DJ Terry Elliott to present an evening from the forties. For those who have not managed to get there yet, the Winning Post is a large pub with function hall on the A316 out to the west of London. The venue has a very good dance floor and can hold well over a hundred people comfortably. Terry read the crowd well with a selection of swing, boogie-woogie and rock 'n' roll keeping the dance floor jumping. The only exception was a bizarre tune featuring dogs barking the whole time, but that late in the evening no-one seemed to mind.

Sophie Garner is a regular ball of energy. Having rocked the 100 Club the previous Monday, here she was again, full of it and dying to give it away. Although the band, led by guitarist Ian Finlay, is more jump-jive than swing, their set was full of crowd-pleasers, many, as we were reminded 'occasionally' available on their current CD! It was an evening for strollers, as the forties crowd, dressed impeccably as always, found many suitably-paced rhythms to take to all four corners of the floor. Sophie scored heavily with the current stroll favourite, Revival Day, which has taken the place of Nina Simone's My Baby Just Cares For Me as the most popular stroll number. "Ooh I love that bit when you all wave your hands in the air" shrieked Sophie at the end of the song, clearly enjoying the performance as much as the dancers. 

She emerged to open the second set in her guise of Coco Bambino (or whatever), the pint-sized Carmen Miranda, providing both a Latin feel to the music, and sustenance for the band, as they can take their pick from the fruit bowl on her head. The jump-jive music returned after a  few numbers, and the evening ended with another excellent set from Terry Elliott.

The Winning Post is a really good dance venue, so if you're in the neighbourhood next time there's a dance on, make a point to swing by.

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