News that local hero Leo Sayer was to return to Worthing for the final night of his 2013 UK tour brought a frisson of excitement to Wukulele HQ. Leo was born in neighbouring Shoreham-by-Sea and was part of the Worthing Workshop arts and music scene of the 1960s, attending West Sussex College of Art & Design. In tribute to his genius songwriting we staged a flashmob in Montague Street two years ago (the street mentioned in his hit Moonlighting) and were eager to celebrate his return 'home' in a similar fashion.
And so yesterday evening I found myself wrapped up against a cold November night waiting outside the town's biggest capacity music venue, ukulele in hand. One by one the hardiest members of our uke group arrived and we huddled round the corner for a warm up of our first song. Unexpectedly the Mayor of Worthing appeared in full regalia and cheered us on with a dance – it's true, see video below!
Moving to the front steps of The Assembly Hall (they wouldn't let us inside) we played to a round-the-block queue of Leo Sayer fans who'd been lucky enough to afford tickets to his concert. Our renditions of You Make Me Feel Like Dancing and Moonlighting went down so well that we were asked to perform an encore. With freezing fingers we happily obliged.
Wukulele's favourite documentary film maker Ned Ouwell recorded the whole thing for us – and for you to enjoy.