Open Mike – the final farewell

By March 1, 20044 Comments

“All good things must come to an end.”
Devastating news – the Open Mike night at the Cranley Hotel is coming to an end, and the finale is this Saturday. Years of fun we’ve had there, singing the old classics, more often with a fine acapella finale of “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz”.
Everyone’s welcome for a rousing send off – click here for a map if you’re in the area. I’ll be the tall, loud one at the front. It’ll be great. Here’s a little missive from Jac:
Dear All

And so that sad time has come, that announcement that we feared might one day materialise has cropped up, that news that we never expected to hear but knew deep down that it was inevitable has arrived, yes, open mic night in the Cranley Hotel is to cease from 6th March.

Having provided us with music every Saturday night without fail for almost four years, Sparky will turn his attentions to fatherhood and leave the weekend entertainment to the pub landlord. As all of you know, Open Mic night has been the source of many-an-amusing scene and countless antics have occurred on such occasions. This truly is a historic announcement.

It is very sad to see the Open Mic evening disappear from the entertainment calendar, but times change and new approaches to entertaining Joe Public need to be made. However, since we have become so fond of Open Mic night over the years and since we have so many fond memories of Saturday nights in the Hotel, I think it our duty to give Sparky and the final Open Mic night the send off it deserves.

I am therefore inviting you to attend Open Mic ‘The Final Encore’ at the Cranley Hotel on Saturday 6th March. Please do try to attend and show your support for Sparky and the work and effort he has put in over the years to keep us entertained.

I hope to see you there.



  • shunta says:

    The pub isn’t on that map. Well done.

  • Jac says:

    no, but my dad’s house is…..

  • Wibbler says:

    As if by magic, both your comments are now wrong 😉

  • Sparky says:

    My timing being as perfect as ever, I have only just read this! Brought a tear to my eye…sniff. A belated, very belated thank you! And now in true Rolling Stones style, I can announce there is a final tour of Open Mic at the hotel on Boxing Day 2005! Please please please come along, everybody…! Especially Jacs sister… er hum 😉

    Lots of love


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