Tea and Cake and ….. Tits and Glitter!

June 6, 2012 · 0 comments

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Last weekend as well as being a most jubilant of Royal Jubilee weekends it was also festival time for the Dalston Darlings W.I. For the 2nd year running we had the honour of curating a tent at Field Day festival on the Saturday and running a stall at The Apple Cart Festival on the Sunday, both held in the leafy surroundings of Victoria Park in my home of East London.

As we’re most definitely not a traditional W.I as well as selling tea and cake we served them up with a side order of tits and glitter.  Let me explain.

By tits, I mean fan-dancing and nipple-tassel twirling lessons courtesy of Queen of Burlesque Khandie Khissses. A fellow Somerset gal like myself with a filthy laugh and a mischievous sense of humour Khandie is loud, proud and rollicking good fun. She was our guest speaker at our February meeting and has since become a bosom buddy (oo-er!) of the Dalston Darlings.

Khandie Khisses displaying what you could enjoy with your cuppa tea!

By glitter, I mean fabulous colourful sparkly maquillage by make-up artist Anna Wild who ensured that all Field Day revellers looked their glittery festival-best.

Anna Wild adding some sparkle to the day!
Fellow Dalston Darlings committee member Sarah set up stall selling her homemade upcycled vintage homewares; imagine your Nan’s house but on acid – neon figurines, studded doilies and psychedelic furnishings – very covetable. Her cushions especially were a real hit.
Then after a Saturday and Sunday spent selling tea and cake to the masses on the Monday I skipped off to a traditional East-End street party complete with Pearly Kings and Queens, jellied eels and good ole cockney sing-a-longs. Without sounding like a bad Craig David record come Tuesday I was right royally knackered! So thank you Ma’am for a tremendous weekend but by jove I’m glad they only come round every 60 years!
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