This meet was definitely up there with the best of them, once again Gene did us all proud with a fantastic itinerary featuring a great selection of TV and film locations, top work guvnor!
It is always great to catch up with good mates from 4:3tv, with great company and plenty of laughs over the weekend
Saturday started off with Brown Granada diving to my place and then joining me in my motor for the drive up to Newcastle, we had a good run up with plenty of banter, thanks BG
The Saturday night pub crawl an enjoyable way to start the weekend before the main event on Sunday, thanks for organising Gene
On Sunday, BG and myself were joined in my motor by Gene and Del Boy, great company and plenty of laughs and banter all day long – thanks lads!
I won’t list all the locations, as others have already covered these in great detail, but my personal favourites were the Elm Lodge housing estate, the Robin Hood Inn – where we had a great Sunday lunch, the Barrasford Arms and the gate house from Kinnear’s country mansion from Get Carter.
The weekend would not have been possible without the meticulous planning that Gene puts into it, the location choice, the order of the locations, every route, mileages and timings were all planned by Gene down to the last detail to ensure the weekend ran like clockwork. Thanks again mate and well done! - I know we all appreciate your efforts
Roll on October….
I will post a selection of photos over the weekend
After the success of Meet 004 in Newcastle a year ago it was suggested that we go back up to the fabulous north east city. Gene knew there was plenty more locations to see and draughted a fabulous itinerary for the main event on Sunday. More about that later as the tradition now is to start these meets on the Saturday with an informal gathering for (ahem) a few jars and a laugh followed by some locations on a walkabout.
Myself and Dirty Epic decided to elbow the Capri Ghia and the Choo Choo and head up there on the plane. At a shade over 50 sovs each way it wasn't much more than the train anyway so 50 minutes or so after leaving Heathrow we arrived at Newcastle international A short hop on the very good Metro system and we were there at 1130 which we thought was early but Steve Austin, Gene Hunt, Mickyosan and John Steed were already in The Quayside supping pints
After an agreeable few beers we had a nose around toon walking the the High Level Bridge, The Tyne Bridge and getting up into the town. At this point more of the lads had arrived and so we ended up back in The Quayside for a second stint Finally we checked in around 5 o'clock what a great start to the meet.
With the full squad in attendance it was time to take a walkabout tour of the locality. We saw the location of Bob and Terry's footy match in The The Likely Lads Film and on to a couple of pubs that were too busy to accommodate us lot really so we moved on to The Ship then ticked a few other off the list of which my fav was The Strawberry right outside Newcastle United's football ground. This had some nice memorabilia in it regarding all things The Magpies.
A curry to round off a great opening day was most welcome.
A few snaps from Saturday
Dirty Epic Fly's into Toon
Gene and Steve Austin observe the decking work on the Swing bridge see below.
Brown Granada auditions for the toon version of Y.M.C.A
Outside the Strawberry viewing Newcastle's St James park.
Well, after a bit of a break, I've enjoyed reading everyone's great comments about last week. Thanks to all of you for posting.
It was a long weekend for me. Starting on Friday evening when John Steed came over to my place. 5 minutes after and we were in the pub! A good few pints and returning home for midnight before a dawn departure - Newcastle bound.
A problem free journey saw us arrive in Newcastle around 10:45am so we parked the car on the hotel car park and made a dash for The Quayside. I thought we were early but there were already 2 squad members in there! Steve Austin & Mickyosan.
A few beers later and we went on a walkabout around town to take in a few extra locations before unanimously agreeing another couple of pints wouldn't go amiss.
3 Locations for the price of one! High Level Bridge (Get Carter) / Swing Bridge (Get Carter) / Quayside (Get Carter, Likely Lads)
By 5pm it was time to check in to the Hotel so we did. A quick shower and change of clobber and it was back out with the entire group for an evening walkabout, taking in a number of iconic pubs. We were all amazed at how busy some of the pubs were. I guess people were making the best of the sudden change of weather. It was a great night out on town topped by a marvellous Indian meal just around the corner from our hotel. The evening flew by and it was time to recharge the batteries before the main event on Sunday.
Everyone woke and met up on time Sunday morning. No clocks going forward hiccups so well done all for that!
9:30am saw the start of 4:3tv Meet 006, and what a day we had ahead.
Some fantastic locations and beautiful weather right from start to finish. Driving was very easy and trouble free for all drivers, with a minimum of traffic throughout the entire day. Everything ran bang on schedule all day. The two back to back pub stops at lunch time were a welcome chance to refuel and get ready for the two longest legs of the journey.
We finished the day over at Dryderdale Hall (from Get Carter). Sadly, this has been made into something of a fortress these days with Privacy signs and shotgun warnings all over the gaff.
All too soon the tour was over so we had the long drive back to town before parking up and returning to our rooms to freshen up. Then it was out on the town for one last night.
We kicked off the evening with a fine Chinese buffet before hitting just a couple more pubs. Many more pints, bottles and single malts later, it was time to retire once again to our hotel.
Monday morning saw just a handful of us stroll back over to the Quayside on final time for breakfast and before we knew it, it was time to load the car and return home.
I'd just like to thank each and every one of you that attended last week for making it the warm, friendly atmosphere throughout the 3 days that we all once again enjoyed. It really is a pleasure to spend a few days in the company of you all.
A huge thanks to all the members who kindly drove last weekend too. Without you doing this, these Meets would be much more difficult. You all did a fantastic job - each of you turning up at every location within moments of each other. Well done
Huge thanks also to John Steed for being bloody great company on both journeys in my car. I don't think either of us have laughed so much the entire time! Also for making the booking with the hotel many months ago. Cheers John
Huge thanks from me too for Steve Austin who has taken on the role in recent Meets of producing a fantastic printed booklet with the screen grabs for all locations. These not only serve a valuable purpose during the Meet itself, but also as a marvellous souvenir of a marvellous weekend. Thanks Steve
Thanks also to Steve Austin & Dirty Epic for bestowing me with a lovely bottle of single malt and a bottle of Jack Daniels
Thanks also to all of you who brought me a drink on Sunday evening. Despite your best collective efforts I was still able to walk back to the hotel at the end!
Thanks to The Saint for buying me lunch on Sunday too and that custard slice in Corbridge! Also for driving myself, Del & BG around all day in your car. Cheers ST
In fact, thank you everyone who was in Newcastle. I'm sure we will return before too long.
Wayay the lads ......what a great do man!! Superb weekend from start to finish ! Some great pubs and location spotting on Saturday eve .......followed by another sort of spotting from the Curry house windows 😁😁. Sunday superb starting at Neville’s house with a couple talkin to us and the bloke saying to his mrs “ see I told yous ya mams house was something to do with Auf Wiedersen pet..pet “ Always good when friendly locals ask what we’re up to !! Great day with great weather considering how shite it had been in the run up!! Good bants all day ......the what has become regular group of attendees is perfect ....,.just the right amount .......and a good 4 car convoy all day !.......cheers Dc Burtonshaw for the lift !! Honestly gutted when Sunday night is over as I feel we could have spent a lot longer in the Toon !! Thanks to Gene and the organisation .......4:3 tv going from strength to strength !! Roll on the nxt event !!!!!! Hopefully there will be some retro events in between where some of us can catch up 👍. I think what’s most brilliant is that ..yes...we’re quite an eclectic bunch of lads ...but I feel I’ve made a great group of genuine friends ...with a genuine passion ! Thanks lads !! . Ps I nearly forgot ......”ahh double b***ocks “
You can't go wrong Cartman. Don't take my word for it - the posts above say it all. They are fantastic weekends. That said, if you feel that you couldn't do the whole weekend, you would still be welcome to join the group at the Meet up point on the Sunday morning.
(I've just updated my post above to include a couple of photos)