My second EBS day. Last year, I was a bit scared! What would the people be like? Would they be nerds! I needn't have worried...phew!
This year, Jane (mainly there to see I didn't get kidnapped or lost) and I set off again, along the dusty tracks towards Twyford. The primroses were nodding and the sky was cornflower blue. We found a little shop on the way that sold lemonade, orangeade, limeade and ginger beer; as well as macaroons and ice creams...........sorry, I've gone into dreamland again.
We pulled into the car park - only to pull straight out again; there were no spaces. Parking in the road, we walked to the door of the hall. There was Tony, looking splendid as usual. "Keith's inside," he said in revered tones. Yes, that great man from across the pond was there...amazing! That other bastion of the EB empire was also there; Anita, (We will
get a boat and tour the Scottish islands, one day). Wow...if the devil were to cast his net...
Seriously, it was a fantastic day. Incredible to see Robert Tyndall sketching Noddy, Big Ears and PC Plod. Really great to listen to Marcus telling anecdotes of the Southern Television FF series of the 70s.
I still laugh when I see the Hants & Dorset bus pull up in "Five go off in a Caravan" - right where the two vans are parked (not modern streamlined ones, but gypsy ones and
parked opposite a bus stop!)
I really found it fascinating to hear of the other three actors whereabouts (really sad to hear that "George", Michele Galagher, may not still be with us) - can we find out more? Really surreal to see that the actors have turned out just as Ju, Dick and Anne probably would have! Julian a deputy mayor, Anne an RE teacher (can't remember what Dick does!)
It was a privilege to meet noddy13 for the first time (what a gent), as well as Zoe, Anita (always
a pleasure), Keith (never thought I'd see him in the flesh) Viv, Rosie, Tony (what a debt we all owe him) and Enid's daughter [bows head in reverence].
Many other members there of course, who were ignorant of this wonderful forum. I think we (I certainly) tend to forget that we here make up a small percentage of society membership numbers.
Another fab day - thanks Tony for all your effort in arranging this. You certainly reaped your harvest yesterday!
Sorry if I've missed anyone out, here's to the next one!