I thought you might like to see what a few of the hardworking volunteers are doing at this very moment – putting up the marquees, setting out the tables and generally getting the hall ready for the market tomorrow.
Actually, this isn’t one of the marquees we’ll be using at The Pantry, but one we came across at the back of one of the village hall sheds during a sort-out a few weeks ago. All seemed to be going well until the final moment, when, no matter how they tried, the marquee just wouldn’t fit over the metal frame. Much serious discussion ensued, possibly involving a few sketches and the odd equation scribbled on a scrap of paper. Heads were solemnly scratched and teeth sucked, all to no avail. Leaving the marquee aside for now (doubtless in the hope that when they surprised it later, it would then obediently fit itself together perfectly), they returned to the gloomy recesses of the shed where they found … another set of poles, presumably the right ones for this particular marquee. Which of course immediately prompted the question, where was the marquee that fitted the previous poles? By now, tiredness and hysteria were taking their toll on the doughty crew, so the question remained unanswered.
By the way, the stocks you can see in the background have been put back in the shed, awaiting a suitable use.
See you tomorrow!