43tv Meet 008 - On The Buses Report Thread Apr 16, 2019 18:51:37 GMT The Saint, Del Boy, and 10 more like this
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Apr 16, 2019 18:51:37 GMT
Evening people!! Well I drove back that evening of last Sunday, with many good memories of the day which will last a long time no doubt! OK - Flashback;
For me it starded Sunday morning when I arrived at the Civic Offices cark park at about 7:30 am after a pleasant drive down on a chilly but pretty sunny morning at about 1 celsius!!
Gradually, though the gang arrived, starting with Inspector Tyler then the rest of the squad shortly after. After we had an enjoyable breakfast at the Wetherspoons, which must have startled the poor girl behind the counter (who was professionally patient I should add), it was time to set off for the meet proper. It was great to see the old library of where Thelma worked in the WHTTLL film where Bob walks in complaining that "Nobody cares Thelma, nobody cares!" and promptly drops a brick on her foot! I actually remember now seeing this building from a distance in my dads car in the 80's, when visiting Elstree, which we occassionally did for seeing my parents friends and shopping and would have had no idea it was used in the film. Then the site of a block of flats where an art deco cinema once stood which played host to screening Sweeney 2 on its release in 1978.
After that it was the building site where Bob was working, strange to think that was not actually in the North East and in Hertfordshire.
Then onto the various OTB locations, starting with the location of where the hospital was, where the group greet Olive after she has left the hospital, having given birth to Little Arthur.
Then various locations of where Stan and Jack's bus route was filmed, and the street, where turnaround Betty's house was. Also, the jewellers where Susy picked up her ring. Some further walking down the High Street, was where we started to see some of the "Blakey tributes" were re-enacted, which caused some amusement from a couple of onlookers who knew exactly who Delboy was impersonating!! Then a couple of smiles from passing modern bus drivers which caused several laughs! Del did look the spitting image of Blakey, incredible likeness! Well done on getting the right costume! Not quite sure how you write what the noise sounds like that Blakey makes..... "Eeuuuuuughh!??
Then it was onto some locations, 3 things of which were all in the same street, Vera's house was in Auf Pet, a location for a drive by in Randall and Hopkirk Deceased, and finally the Butlers house. On the corner of an area which over the fence of which, is the Eastenders set, formerly the Auf Pet 1st series German building site.
Many other locations but the notable other ones were Olive speeding along on Arthurs motorbike, trying to get to the Bus depot (much of which is overgrown with trees by now) but recognisable. Not to mention the location where the bike is being towed, and Olive ended up in the manhole, and the bike itself finally crashed in one of those striped workmens tents you never see now!
After lunch it was great to see another Likeley Lads location with the Hadrian's cafe where the foursome get to have a dry off and a rest after a hike in the rain, and Terry discovers that he's dating "Sherpa bloody Tenzing"! Which once again I would never have guessed was not in the North East but sad that its been demolished since.
After that it was time to take a drive out to the country areas, where we first saw the bus crash into the manure in the farm entrance! Great to hear anecdotes from the occupiers, the lady of which remembered the days filming there!! Apparently Reg Varney rolled around in the mud to make himself look in a state in preparation for the scene where he looks like he has been pulled out the muck!
Then it was areas where the motobike and sidecar split and went two ways, and then the bus stop scene where Arthur is learning to drive the bus and then backs into the sign! Seemed so strange to have had a big bus and a bus stop in that area as it seems such a nice quiet area for the well heeled.
After the locations for the hospital run when Olive's going into labour, (and a quick stop off at another watering hole), it was time to re-enact the puddle splash where Blakey got a wash - except this time it was our Delboy! Fair play to you mate for being a good sport with that, must have been freezing! The locals must have wondered what was going on!
After that and once Del dried off, we looked at a few final locations of where the bus on the move on it's route was filmed. Somehow it seems the area is not what it once was but always interesting nonetheless.
Well it was time to collect the members other cars and have one last rest and a very nice meal in the pub where we went for lunchtime earlier, and have a bit of banter and a catch up.
I'd like to pay tribute and thank Gene for the organisation, and meticulous planning once again that goes into these meets, some great unexpected bonus locations too, and because of this, one of the many reasons why I come back to the meets and look forward to them!
Thanks to Delboy for the hilarious impersonation tribute and the hard work in keeping up the act with our own Blakey, and the laughs that ensued, just brilliant!!
Also thanks as ever to Carter for being the wheelsman, much appreciated and for Steve Austin (and for the work of the ace booklets) and John Steed for the in car banter and of course to all those that attended, always good to see the familiar faces and good company!
Roll on October!