Gillie Tunley sang Plaisir d’Amour, Bluebell of Scotland, Greensleeves and Lass of Richmond Hill. Beverley Gray sang Scarborough Fair, Let No man Steal your Thyme and Once I had a Sweetheart and Mick Atkin sang Nothing Else to Do. Braver members of the audience joined in when they could remember the words! Guitarist Mick Atkin and cellist Debbie Miller also played instrumentals including John Dowland’s My Lady Hunsdon’s Puffe and Midnight.
Katesgrove resident and Whitley Pump contributor Gillie Tunley also doubled as Mrs Latournelle during the day’s festivities. Mrs Latournelle, whose given name was Sarah Hackett, ran the school in Jane Austen’s time; this school administrator was remembered in the memoirs of another pupil of the school, Mary Martha Sherwood:
Mrs Latournelle was a person of the old school, a stout woman, hardly under seventy, but very active, although she had a cork leg, But how she had lost its predecessor she never told.
Hers was only an everyday common mind, but a very useful one. Mrs Latournelle never had been seen or known to have changed the fashion of her dress.
The Whitley Pump is giving two Discovering Katesgrove tours at Reading Museum on Saturday 21 September.