Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Oct 17, 2017 19:40:20 GMT
Well what can I say that hasn't been said already??!! Posting this via mobile phone from the Hotel at Belfast, but another fantastic weekend has passed by which I'm so glad I went on which took in the locations for Auf pet series 2! All good but a stand out was seeing Thornley manor up close and being able to see through the windows the room the lads slept in on the floor and the stair case at least entrance. Really brings back memories of what you see on the episodes! Thanks must go out to Gene for the organisation which is always appreciated, research etc which must take quite a bit of time. But well worth it!! Thanks too to Saint for booking the very nice Bingham townhouse we stopped at, and to Carter Steve" for the driving in the comfy smooth period motor Toyota Crown along with the Dirty Epic for in car banter. Thanks also to Steve Austin for sorting out the meal at the Barley mow which I hope can continue to have a bright future. Great to see all the locations and forum members which has now forged good friendships too. The Chinese on the second night was a blinder too so we made the right decision there!! Take care all and roll on next Spring!!
It was such a great weekend that i'm left absolutely shattered,barely able to punch the keys for this quick post. Gene drafted a great itinerary (as usual i might add) and we really are spoilt with his expertise at organising these events. I feel proud to be associated with all the fine calibre of forum members who turned out for this meet.
The whole weekend was a fun experience that i will cover more in depth when i've uploaded a few snaps. For now that is all, Derek Oz signing off.
As I said in my earlier post it was a great weekend on the Auf Pet meet. It always seems to fly by so fast even in the weekend format
The squad checked in to the Bingham Townhouse Hotel (which was very good BTW ) before enjoying a few beers and some banter in the Buttercross Wetherspoons pub
Five hours in the sun with and good company disappeared very quickly
Then it was a quick break back at the townhouse before round two .. a visit to the Village of Redmile. This lovely little village had a few locations from Auf Pet including Barrys brass rubbing church the guest house and my favourite, The Windmill pub which was used as The Barley Mow. I can report that the landlord was great and not like Arthur Pringle . We stopped here for some tasty beers and a three course meal. Thanks to Steve Austin for arranging this
I've always rated our forum meets highly over the years but this one has topped the lot for me. From the evening meal at The Barley Mow right through to the final location being the "Wall meet again!" phonebox this weekend was nothing short of amazing. To see so many iconic locations - and who couldn't class Thornley Manor and The Barley Mow as iconic? - the weekend delivered from start to finish. To be on the hallowed turf of Thornley Manor and to walk in the same footsteps and drink in the same pubs as The Magnificent Seven during my first ever visit to those villages, is something I could only have imagined when I first watched series 2 of AWP when it was first broadcast. There were so many locations over the days that have already been mentioned in previous posts, all within similar vicinities but appearing so far apart, or all appearing so close but in reality many miles apart, that due respect has to be given to the location spotters in the production team but even more respect given to Gene in seeking out these locations again.
Words really cannot express how much I enjoyed this weekend that we've experienced and reading through previous posts it is clear to me that I'm not alone with those thoughts.
Big thanks go to Steve Austin for stepping in at lastminute.com both in securing the tables at The Barley Mow and for ferrying myself, Gene, and Del-boy Osbourne on Sunday, and for running off all the screen prints for the squad members. Thanks also to all squad members for all chipping in with the banter, drinks, and snacks throughout the weekend.
The final and biggest thanks however go to Gene for the whole weekend's organising of the itinerary, the work involved in finding all of the locations, and for all the work behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of these fantastic weekends - Gene we all owe you one
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Apologies for not being on for a while been a mad busy few days since we got back from Notts. Tried not to look at the other posts before doing this but had a absolutely brilliant time over the weekend and really enjoyed the locations and craic we all had too.
Came up from the ‘smoke’ with Del on Saturday landing in lovely Bingham at lunchtime where we shortly all started to meet up and had a few nice drinks in Bingham town before the evening’s festivities at The Windmill (Barley Mow) in Redmile. I have been to the Windmill before but despite it not actually being filmed inside there the production team of AWP got it scarily accurate inside and it still imagined the ‘lads’ cavorting around the bar with the sneery snarl of Arthur Pringle in tow. Even better we did the last night at The Windmill too and hopefully the new owners will keep things going there too – well worth a visit even AWP aside. After a few nice jars in Bingham it was time to prepare for Sunday and the locations.
Come Sunday after brekkie and a wash and brush up it’s off we go. I was in with Carter in possibly one of the rarest Toyota’s in the UK - the Crown, along with DC Burtonshaw in tow too. Brilliant period motor too. We’re off to possibly the best location of the bunch Barley Mow. Of course we had our little re-enactments and Del Boy obliged wonderfully as a frighteningly accurate Oz too. We also got up close and personal to Thornley Manor too which appropriately was having some work done at the time too and the best bit for me was seeing in the rooms the lads worked and kipped down in too. From there was to ‘Sir James’s’ gaff in Another Country in the village of Eakring in Nottinghamshire. Again very enjoyable to see this location in person.
Next was to the ‘Cross Keys’ over the border in Denton in Lincolnshire. Sadly it’s a private house not a hotel/poncey public house so no chance of being ‘welcome like a fart in an astronaut’s suit’ there, shame. :lol: Next up was the Manners Arms also in Lincolnshire in nearby Knipton. This was the Country and Western pub in Cowboys but in reality it’s a very high brow boozer too in some respects not too dissimilar to The Cross Keys. Actually a nice drop in there too and after a liquid lunch and some catch up with everyone it’s to a few more locations this time the tramps bus stop, local shop and ‘Mrs Chatterley’s’ house in the village parts of Knipton. John Steed did the honours as the tramp… a bit too well there mate :lol: and for me these and a few other locations were very much like the picture postcard feel of Britain sold to tourists etc. What also amazed me was the spread out nature of the locations the production team used. Despite the location in the show being Derbyshire very little was filmed there with Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire featuring much more as the actual locations used for filming Series 2.
Enough trainspotting now comes the most important part the afternoon lunch stop for a few pints and what’s more appropriate the Barry’s boozer ‘The Bell and Dragon’ actually the Star Inn in Beeston in Nottingham. I have been to this pub before and very recommended if you’re in and around Nottingham to have a couple in there too. Some nice on tap stuff there too. After oiling myself up set up a few more location visits in Beeston too. Namely Barry’s ‘Wolverhampton’ home and Oz’s son Rod’s school in ‘Newcastle’. Apart from a few restless natives all good in fact one lad in particular mentioned knowing the series was filmed in his road… Barry’s house and was very affable about the series and our appreciation of it too.
One more location to go and perhaps another good un’ the Wall Meet Again phone box too. Was supposedly opposite The Barley Mow in Redmile but was actually just outside the outskirts of Nottingham. No phone box there in reality I’m afraid but again it was one of those locations you could just imagine the boys doing that scene.
Back off to Bingham for a meal and a few jars or three in the evening and as with all these meets the go over way too fast but overall a brilliant meet from start to finish again.
Goes without saying but the biggest word of thanks goes to Gene for organising, planning and sorting the locations out on the meet. I suppose it’s easy for me to say this and it’s been said before but I know how much hard work you put into putting these meets together. All I really do is attend them so what you do mate is very much appreciated and long may this continue with you at the helm. Cheers mate.
Big thanks too to Del for giving me a lift there and back and the Saint for sorting out all the accommodation in Bingham too – cheers lads. Thanks as well to everyone who attended the meet too for the banter and comeradery – no not ‘forged in adversity’, over the weekend too. We all bring something too the meets even if it just breaks up the everyday humdrum and gives us a bit of a laugh too!
Gene yes we’re all raring and ready too go for the next one. Looking forward too it already and can’t wait. Thanks mate and thanks everyone for making it a brilliant meet again!
Finally, I have chance to sit down and post my thoughts on the weekend that was Auf Wiedersehen Pet 2 heaven.
It's been hugely rewarding to read through everyone's posts above who were with me last weekend. Each and very one of you made it a fantastic event yet again.
The weekend started for me with a drive over to John Steed's gaff to pick him up on Saturday morning. Then it was off to Bingham without sparing the horses. We arrived just after mid day and were greeted on the car park by Del, The Saint & Brown Granada. Without wasting a second we were off on foot to the nearest boozer. One pint in, - we broke away for a bag of chips before returning to the pub. One by one, we were joined by the remaining 11 people and stayed put until 4.30pm. Heading back to the hotel for a quick wash & brush up, we all meet up again in the foyer before heading off to The Barley Mow for the evening session.
This was a poignant moment for us, given the breaking news that weekend was that The Barley Mow - aka The Windmill, had been sold and our evening there was to be the last evening of trade before handing over the keys to it's new owner. We now await news of the fate of the place, hoping that it is not to be redeveloped but rather that it remain as the wonderful historic pub that it is.
The evening soon went by, and before we knew it, we were heading back to Bingham for last orders in The Horse & Plough.
Sunday morning saw us descend for a full English in the hotel before meeting outside for the morning walkabout tour of Bingham. Here we took in the Cafe where Barry & Oz are tracked by the Gamekeeper. We also saw the frontage of Howard Radcliffe's office. Not a lot has changed in Bingham since filming took place so it was great to see the place again.
Back at the hotel, we all got into various motors and hit the road to Thornely Manor. I have visited the place more times than I care to remember and it still gives me goosebumps when you see it across the fields from the A616. Here, we parked up and set off on foot towards Thornely Manor - taking special care to remain on the public right of way that takes you right up to the house. Close up it was again a sight to behold. It could have been the mid 80's again looking at the place with scaffold all around it. A truly iconic location and one of my favourites from all the location meets I've ever done.
Back to the cars, it was on to a succession of more fantastic iconic locations from series 2 including Sir James' house & The Cross Keys gatehouse before stopping for refreshments in another location - that of "Harry's Boozer" aka The Manners Arms. All a bit Hooray Henry and full of Mr Treadaway type punters. We moved on.....
Not far though. Just around the corner in fact to the lovely village of Knipton. This village is full of locations. Dennis' Little Office, Mrs Chatterley's House, The Tramp Bus Stop, Why Are You Annoying My Dog, Dennis breaking the news of the job in Spain, The corner shop where Neville meets Sir James & Sgt Bellamy's House.
Onwards, we headed to the town of Beeston, where we had another welcome refreshment break at Barry's local - The Bel & Dragon aka The Star Inn. This is a great little pub. Great beer and bar snacks aplenty for the hour we were there and then it was off around the corner to see Barry's house, Hazel's flat & Rod's School. None of these locations have changed at all since filming took place so were again a real pleasure to visit.
All too soon our location tour was drawing to a close. Not before we had finished at the most appropriate of locations. Wall Meet Again. We all gathered on the spot where to phone box was that Wayne & co called Arthur to say goodbye from. A fitting end to what was for me a fantastic Meet through and through.
Heading swiftly back to the hotel, we had a quick wash & change again before having a fantastic Chinese meal in the restaurant that is part of the Hotel. Very attentive staff ensured we were well catered for all evening with food and drink.
The evening flew by and sadly, it was time to call it a day.
Monday morning saw what was left of us gather for a full English before going our separate ways.
This Meet for me compared very well with the previous Newcastle Meet. The quality of locations is second to none. Better still, the same can be said for the company of all who joined me on this trip. It was a real pleasure for me to organise it and be part of the whole event. Long may it continue.
Thank you all for your positive comments. They reflect a successful event and show people, who have never joined us on a 43tv Meet, what they are missing and as such, I'm sure you'll all agree that anyone thinking of attending their first meet will be hooked and feel part of a great team once they do so.
Thanks to Steve Austin for taking on the task of contacting The Barley Mow to book the meal. It really was a chance not to be missed given it was THE last night of trading for the foreseeable future, if not ever. Thanks also for stepping in at the last minute to ferry myself, Sam & Del around in comfort for what amounted to around 100 miles during Sunday - Cheers mate
On the subject of travel, thanks to Sam, Del & Steve for the non-stop banter throughout the journey on Sunday. We all had tears in our eyes at times from laughing
Thanks also to Steve for that wonderful gesture in the shape of a bottle of Chivas Regal. That'll be savoured pal I can assure you
Thanks to Dirty Epic for the booze selection he also presented me with. They've already been sunk mate and I enjoyed every drop
Thanks also to Windy Miller for the bottle of fine wine. Unfortunately, Bolly clocked that when I was unloading the car so she necked that earlier in the week. Cheers pal
Thanks to all the other lads who got me a drink over the course of the weekend. Much appreciated lads
Thanks to The Saint for making the Hotel booking all those months ago. I'm glad I suggested the Bingham Townhouse now as it proved to be a great place to stay and somewhere I will certainly go again
Finally, thank you to each and every one of you for making these Meets the great events they are and for all playing your part in making the atmosphere throughout superb.
What next I hear some of you say.... I talked at length with a few of you last weekend and I think the consensus was.........