Monday, October 24, 2011 - 15:26
Make do and mend -a wartime austerity theme for today's world

By

Ray Georgeson

It's not every day that one is asked to don a wartime surplus tin hat and sing for your supper, but that is exactly what I was asked to do by my friends at LARAC at their Celebration Awards Dinner last week.  The theme for this year's awards was austerity, and a 1940s wartime theme was enthusiastically embraced by many guests who made an effort to fund vintage clothes and really create a good atmosphere in what are difficult times for many in local government.

Not only did LARAC and letsrecycle.com keep the conference to very affordable levels this year, they managed to have the Awards fully funded by sponsors - no mean feat in itself.  They were rewarded with an excellent attendance of nearly 400 for a good event and a first class conference.

I was delighted to accept their invitation to compere the Awards ceremony, but hadn't fully anticipated the full task when I said yes!  And so, faced with the challenge of entertaining the audience before the Awards ceremony proper, I fell back on good old Dad's Army to help me through.

So, by popular demand (well I have had a few emails asking for the words), here was the singalong finale, with a few gentle words of advice on his weekly waste collection fund for Eric Pickles - to be taken in the spirit in which it was sung!  [to the Dad's Army theme]

Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Pickles

If you think your binman's gone

One week in two we will take your waste away

One week in two we'll recycle it, hurray!

So who do you think you are kidding, Mr Pickles

If you think your binman's gone

 

Joy Blizzard has marked your card

She's feeling rather rude

Go meekly with your weekly bins

Unless they're just for food.....    (waste!)

 

So who do you think you are kidding, Mr Pickles

If you think your binman's gone!

Sing along to your heart's content, and congratulations to all the winners at this years LARAC Celebration Awards - local authority recycling at its best.