In 1969 insurance salesman Jimmy 'Tubby' Baker and secretary Enid are among those meeting for a televised reunion at the Manchester Free Trade hall, where, thirty years earlier as school children they were part of the choir who made a record of 'Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away.' Tubby and Enid are drawn together in reaction against the snobbish organizer Frank and his wife who try to impress them by taking them to the Berni inn and Tubby wants to date Enid but she is having an affair with her married boss in the belief that he will leave his wife for her. Tubby recalls how, as young Jimmy, his widowed mother was disapproving of his singing in the choir and it was down to the Bible-quoting Great War veteran, crippled Mr Kirkby, assistant to choir mistress Gertrude Riall, that he was able to take part. Now he believes he should take a leaf out of his determined younger self's book and be bold, convincing Enid that her lover will never leave his wife and that they are made for each other... Written by
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The recording of 'Nymphs and Shepherds' sung by the Manchester Children's Choir on 24 June 1929 was released later that year as a 78rpm record by Columbia (cataloge 9909). The B-side was the dance duet from Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck. See more
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