|Press clippings from Rag '73 (Supplied by Martin Morley)|
Girl 'boiled' in street
A COMBINATION of music, dance and colourful spectacle brightened up Guildford High Street on Saturday afternoon as the Guildford students ended their Rag Week with a procession through the town.
Two dragons and a young girl in a boiling pot drawn by cannibals provided entertainment for shoppers and two rival teams of Morris dancers attracted large audiences. A .plump missionary carrying his Bible was drawn along by a hungry cannibal with a spear with a string of Bonios around his neck.
Pirates lurked and a one-man donkey moved boisterously along with the crowd. Mobile cardboard palm trees and two girls in pyjamas and, dressing gowns added to the spectacle.
Almost 200 students, mainly from the University of Surrey with some from Guildford Technical College, set oft from the university, many carrying collection tins and rag magazines, with a police escort.
Behind Guildford Station and along Bridge Street the students went and police moved the barriers at the bottom of the pedestrianised High Street so the procession could move more easily. But on arrival at the top of the street, the police had dispersed and the barriers were still across the road.
The original intention of walking to the technical college, said university rag chairman Trevor Jarrett, had to be forgotten as the police were "pretty tight on the traffic scene." Confusion followed when the Morris dancers and procession organisers .disappeared in to a public house and the dragons wandered helplessly about. But organised dancing soon started once again under the High Street clock with the refreshed Morris men drawing a big crowd.
A five-gallon barrel of beer was won by Surrey Court of the university for their dragon in the competition for the best costume. The procession could not have been done without the co-operation of the police, said Mr, Jarrett. They were good and cooperated, throughout. But the event was not completely without trouble for Guildford police received a call from a woman complaining of students taking photographs in the street. No action was taken, said a police spokesman.
River's part in Rag Week
MESSING about on the River Wey last week were Guildford students who staged a Rag Week race for improvised boats.
Shoppers in the town watched as flour was thrown and water splashed for the start of the event, which took competitors under the old road bridge. Paddles bit into the water as half a dozen teams surged through the water a little unsteadily.
Lashing empty containers together seemed a good way of getting afloat - the regulations were stiff, no metal apart from nails being allowed.
In another rag activity three students canoed almost continuousily for 20 hours to cover about 40 miles of the rivers Wey and Thames to Kew Gardens. Experts said it could not be done but the canoeists, two with limited experience of canoeing and one with none at ail, proved them wrong.
The annual Guildord Union of Students Rag came to a climax on Saturday with the rag. procession from the University of Surrey round the town and up Guildford High Street.
The banning of vehicles from the High Street on Saturdays meant that this year the procession had to be made up by pedestrians and not the usual floats.
How-ever the students turned the procession info a carnival with dragons and morris men.
On Friday the events on the River Wey came to their conclusion with a boat race through the centre of the town. Needless to say, many of the contestants sank.
Humour and ribaldry in 'Rag Revue'
RUDE and riotous, with a touch of ribaldry, just about sums up the University of Surrey's "Rag Revue" which was put together over the last three weeks and performed for the first time last week.
Apart from the odd exception and the occasional heckler's less than polite remarks, the dozen l or so sketches went down reasonably well. Much of the humour was "in" jokes appreciated only by "in" students, but even the layman could appreciate the comments on the erratic state of the university's buildings.
One of the highlights was a ventriloquist act or, as the programme bills it, "Magician and Differential Oration."
The West Country yokel explaining his dif- ficulties with milking a cow in the Ned Gummidge Show also raised laughs.
Apart from a lavatorial mono- logue called, "Stuffing your bird,' which not even the naivest student could believe was tips on poultry preparation, the remainder of the coarser items got away with their vulgarity because of what was not said, rather than what was.
Item number eight was stupid. So stupid that it had most people rolling about laughing. It was billed as "Gronch" which had little or nothing to do with seven students, dressed as policemen, acting like soldiers,' repeating in ultra-thick voices a round, which went: "A long, strong, black truncheon, under the arm of the law." . It even sounds stupid! But the uninhibited gestures to illustrate their point and the pregnant pauses they used to emphasise it met with screams of laughter from the crowded hall.
An unexpected item was provided, or prompted, by one of the more persistent, hecklers who; in desperation; was finally dragged on. to the, stage to take the star rote in what appeared to be an impromptu "This is ; your life . . ." sketch. . ! The sketch ended with a considerably subdued heckler covered in flour and a delighted audience.
Some of the best entertainment was provided by two musical. breaks, with folk songs from Rob Naylor and Bernie Roy I felt if the whole thing had been halved in time it would have been twice as funny; but it drew a good audience, most of the students appeared to enjoy it and the cash raised means more mottey for charity.
The revue was directed by Chris Fells and produced by Alan Brownbill. Those taking part included Simon Diegan, Linda Russel. Stig Yophanesohn. Olf Suenburg, Martin Morley, Cliff Grover, Geoff Bennett, Matthew Lindley, Jeff Nielson, Steve March and Mary Carroll.
- M. C.
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