Posted Monday, 20 April 2015 at 08:07
For many people Toddington is just a place you drive through on the M1. But for the people who live there it is a strong and vibrant community that can boast everything, from an award winning local shop in the Nisa to a town band.
I was once asked to conduct the town band, which I did and enjoyed very much until the end, when they all turned blue in the face and began falling off the chairs.
It was, of course, a joke. They had failed to tell me that the conductor has to stop the band with a certain definite movement of the baton and they all carried on playing - until I frantically yelled 'stop'!
It was typical of Toddington. Happiness and fun appear to be the buzzwords. Sometimes it feels as though there is something in the water the rest of us are missing!
Last week I visited the local Nisa, at the invite of Kishor and Gary, to meet some of the lovely locals. Needless to say, there were lots of laughs.
I was out of my comfort zone as you can tell by the amount I jiggle about in the video. However, it was a great experience and a big thank you to the lovely welcoming staff and residents.
Nadine Dorries MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
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