Well Wedding season is certainly in full swing, every weekend lately has been early starts, hair and make-up for brides and bridesmaids. I’m not complaining though, it’s lovely to be involved with the wedding morning and helping the ladies get ready for the big day! I love hearing about the plans for the day and everyones personal touches to make it their own…. X
Carnaby Street sits amongst the 13 streets in London’s Soho shopping area. It is found behind Liberty in Regents Street, the nearest underground station being Oxford Circus. The area boasts 150 shops, bars and restaurants. The shops display cutting edge designers talents and trendy street ware, clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. There are also boutiques selling vintage clothing and well known cosmetic shops.
Although the street has been there since the 16th century, it was in the 1960’s that Carnaby Street came to life and became a fashionable shopping street. It was the place to shop and to be seen and if you were very lucky or hung around long enough you might have seen a famous person or two shopping there.
Now many people gather each year for the switching on of the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights which feature some of the most unusual Christmas decorations to be seen in London. The shops stay open late, many giving discounts and there is a general festive party atmosphere. The lights always have a different theme each year.
2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the start of the “swinging sixties” so the theme that year was Love, Hope, Joy and Peace- reminiscent of throughout the sixties in fact.
2011 saw giant illuminated Mistletoe across the street with Holly chandeliers swinging in between.
2012 had a Rolling Stones theme celebrating 50years of their music. The year of the Robin was the theme for 2013.
The distinctive theme for 2014 was to celebrate Carnaby Street’s reputation as a unique shopping destination, with enormous headphones and sunglasses with ” I love Christmas” on.
2015 ….. I won’t spoil the surprise as you might be planning to go to see the Carnaby Street lights for yourself!!
Love Betty…. X
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We often hear folk using the term Rockabilly but do we know where the term originates from?
In the USA in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s the southern state of Tennessee was at the heart of country and western music, often known as “Hillbilly Music” because people came from the surrounding hills to Nashville, the capital, to play and listen to the music.
At the start of the 1950’s single artist and groups in the USA also started playing “Rock” music. Within a short while they were playing a combination of Rock and Country and Western (Hillbilly) and so by the mid 50’s ROCKABILLY Music was formed. It only spanned a few years as in the 60’s Pop music took over, but during those few years many legendary records were made.
Here are a few:-
Bill Hayley:- Rock Around the Clock 1955
Gene Vincent:- Be-Bop-A-Lula. 1956
Elvis Presley:- Blue Suede Shoes. 1956
Buddy Holly:- Peggy Sue. 1958
Eddie Cochran:- C’mon Everybody. 1959
Everyone has heard of Elvis “The King”, the older generation will have heard of the other artist. Younger people will recognise the songs even if they don’t know who recorded them, but few will realise that they, amongst many other records were the songs that started ROCKABILLY music.
Well…. how many of you living in the Essex area have felt the need to travel to London or Brighton to find some exciting Repro 1950’s Rockabilly clothes and accessories? well look no further… A Delightful little shop called Rockamilly has opened up in the heart of Rochford Essex, I had the pleasure of being invited to the opening of the shop on Sat 16th of May. With a warm welcome by proprietor Kirsty, the shop was buzzing with people. With the 1950’s music playing on the jukebox I felt absorbed by the atmosphere and the great selection of colourful clothes and accessories, If you are into the 50’s Rockabilly scene a visit is a must! …. X
25 West Street, Rochford, Essex, SS41BE