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Paris In Ilkley
Colin Sidaway, Features Writer
Lucienne de Ville
While the whole of France was celebrating their football team’s World Cup Victory in Russia, the English nation had fallen into depression caused by yet another failure.

There was however a small contingent of Francophiles that were intent on putting the England disappointment behind them and celebrating. This unlikely event occurred in the Gin Lounge in Ilkley.

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The event was a cabaret by local singer, Lucienne de Ville. The evening had been arranged some weeks before and was totally co-incidental to the fact that France had won the World Cup earlier.

Lucienne sings mainly Edith Piaf songs and towards the close Je ne regrette rien seemed apt and with everybody joining in the La,la’s of Those were the days. It was a fitting end what was yet another evening of local entertainment with an international atmosphere.

There was a party atmosphere where customers were encouraged to dance in what limited space there was in the bar and to Shimmy like my sister Kate!

The Gin Lounge had the owner, Lindsay, behind the bar serving from the hundred’s of different gins available where whisky and rum were not on offer.

The dark decoration with seasoned pictures on the walls was a reminder that this was more French than Yorkshire. Vive le Gin Lounge and we are all looking forward to seeing Lucienne de Ville in cabaret again in the near future.

Paris In Ilkley, 17th July 2018, 12:55 PM