Canon Jane Hedges welcomed The Cobham Band back for a second year to play as part of the season of free summer band concerts in Westminster Abbey's College Gardens. But as a number of dark clouds loomed ominously, she warned "Today, 15th July, is St Swithin's day; if it rains, legend says that the rain will continue for forty days". The crowd of lunchtime picnickers fearfully looked up at the skies as the band struck up with the rousing Spanish march "El Abanico" under the baton of their Musical Director David Ruel. Perhaps this Mediterranean opener encouraged the sun out, or maybe the band's blowing parted the clouds just long enough for the concert to be untroubled by rain. So when "Cliff" made an appearance in the programme (in the form of Derek Broadbent's arrangement of some of the singer's popular hits), thankfully it wasn't against a backdrop of rain and umbrellas (remember Wimbledon in 1996?) The band have already been invited to play again as part of next year's season in 2010 and have enthusiastically accepted for what has become a popular fixture it seems with audiences and certainly with the band who delight in playing in such an historic and beautiful venue.