DAWN GRACIE: A singer with no voice – but the show had to go on

THERE are so many people to thank for their hard work on Friday at my Starlets Christmas Cabaret in Chichester.

It was a roaring success and I’m not going to attempt to name everyone here, but I’ll just say a rapturous thank you to the whole team!

The performers all arrived on time despite the inevitable travel delays, the staff at the Pallant Suite worked tirelessly to keep the thirsty guests hydrated and my back-stage crew beavered away to make it all look effortless from the front line.

I will admit that I’d been keeping a little secret in the days before the show. I had caught the dreaded bug which seemed to be spreading like wildfire and I was harbouring a sore throat with high temperature, however, the tickets had sold out and the show had to go on.

The evening was a mixture of feathers, glitter, laughter, flames, dance and quite a few surprises along the way.

I had to drop quite a few of my own performances as the evening went on, as my voice was fading fast as I welcomed each act on to the stage.

Since Friday, Chez Gracie has been very peaceful and I have now completely lost my voice. But it was all worth it!

:: For more on Dawn, visit her website at www.dawnsvintagedo.com