Just prior to the final piece during the Shirley Band's Christmas Concert at Hall Green Little Theatre, MD Kevin Short suffered one of those "You've been framed" moments. Whilst announcing the final piece, the front of the stage gave way leading to a 5 foot vertical drop, with just Kevin's head sticking above the stage. Fortunately, little damage was sustained beyond a grazed shin and a cut finger, and despite the shock and technical difficulties of extracting Kevin from the "pit" he was able to continue with the remainder of the concert. Anyone who has played with the band at this venue will know that the front of the stage is particularly notorious for its flimsy construction and strategically placed trap door, which has claimed victims in the past. Cornet player Matt Kimber, albeit of a more lightweight construction than Kevin, disappeared from view through the open trap door a couple of years ago. More surprising was the absence of anyone from Claims 4 You in the auditorium! Injury lawyers are thought to be a more populous than cockroaches. The band were also glad of the help of Martin Cooper (he of Desford and GUS fame) on the front row, who flew in from Malta that very morning. We'd like to think that it was specially for the occasion!