The Independence Barndance in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital brought 500 would-be westerners to Baroda Stud. They dusted off their cowboy boots, gave the denim industry a serious boost and hied ho, well stoked with grub from a 35-foot long custom-built barbecue and a tent devoted entirely to salads. John and Jo Hurt left with a Welsh pony for their two sons, which was probably quite looking forward to playing with creatures its own age after being dragged about and kissed by anyone and everyone. Festivities resumed the following day at a lunch for survivors held by committee members Louise Guinness and husband Patrick. Impromptu performances there by David Norris, Patrick Conyngham, John Hurt and Tristan Gribbin were energetic, especially considering the previous night’s carry on.
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