Jon Yates (seen here) arranged a Quadrille especially for the occasion as the Churchill family had requested we play one. Jon Yates
The quintet certainly proved to be very popular for Randolph Churchill, who made a point of leaving the dining table and literally running after the “famous five” as they left just so that he could come and thank them all personally. Well done Jon and the boys.
Below you may like to read some background about the occasion which has been written by Anthony Churchill:
“The event celebrates a famous moment, exactly 140 years previously. On August 12th 1873 Winston Churchill’s parents – Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome – met by chance, ferrying from the Royal Yacht Squadron to the Cowes Week guardship, HMS Ariadne, anchored off Cowes. He saw her dance a quadrille….and fell in love. I believe the band was a Royal Marine Band. On day 2 the two met; on the third day, also in Cowes, Lord Randolph proposed and was accepted. A year and months later, Winston was born!
NO CHANCE MEETING ON HMS ARIADNE……NO WINSTON CHURCHILL…..NO WAR LEADER….
Winston himself was always so partial to military music, and particularly to the Royal Marines.”