Wednesday 10th July is National Thrupiece Day and preparations are in hand throughout Dorset to ensure that the event is celebrated in appropriately high spirits. Nowhere is this more the case than in Batcombe, the Professor's birthplace and - to many - still the central "shrine" of Thrupiecian remembrance. There - with the Birthplace Museum as its epicentre - a series of events will be staged by local schools, voluntary organisations and Great Heaving-based enterprises, climaxing in a display by the Dorset Veterinarians Motorised Light Infantry Lambretta Display Team [The Scooter Boys] who will once again defy both gravity and logic as they parade "more or less upright" through the village's "Big Field" display area.
Now in its 12th year NTD is a firm fixture in the Dorset Calendar - as eagerly anticipated as it is enthusiastically embraced by both the general public and ordinary people alike.
As always, Children "of all ages" will be well-served by the numerous pop-up amusements, stalls and eateries, whilst more mature adults can indulge in a bit of retail therapy at one or other of several opportunistic pop-up facilities offering "the kind of goods you only get at this kind of thing". The very mature will be delighted to know that organisers have once again turned to the ever popular EliteCrappers of Evershot to provide "evacuation services" and that they have placed these conveniently - if not too thoughtfully - next to the tea-tent.
An evening concert by the Thrupiece Philharmonic under charismatic maestra Irina Legova will feature music once loved by the master Culinary Bio-ethicist and - as is now traditional - as the bonfire-light subsides, the evening will conclude with community-sung renditions of Goodbye Yellow-flecked Toad and Candle in the Mind - two songs wholly unknown to the Professor, but now inexplicable associated with the late Culinary Bio-Ethical genius. [Participants are asked to ensure that their iphones are on at least a 50% charge and torches set to maximum.]
Speaking for the organisers - The National Professor Thrupiece Remembrance Committee - former Dorset Heavy Mechanised Retail Furniture Artillery Division Commander General Panjandrum said: "We hope it will be a great day for all, be they young, old or something in between; above all it's a day out for the whole family and Professor Thrupiece - having no known children of his own - would surely have approved and celebrated that - probably by going abroad."