Another brilliant meeting. Started early but had a great run up to the smoke and got there in time for a fantastic breakfast which set us all up for the day. Once again the weather was on our side. Some cracking locations this time too which were all mostly new, spot on in the sunshine. The lunchtime break was nice and relaxed and gave time for everyone to catch up with each other after the morning drive round and set us up nicely for the walk round in the afternoon. Good meal at the Queens Head and a top quiz thanks to Mick to round the meet off. Big thanks to Gene for all the work he does to make these meets so good, you're a star, and looked the part too. Also thanks to Sam, Del and the Saint for their work and involvement too. Good to have John Steed and Vienna in the motor on the day too. Good banter and lots of laughs. Always welcome lads. On the way back in the traffic a bloke pulled up next to us and asked us if we were on a film shoot? We just told him we were the Sweeney son and we hadn't had any dinner :-) Its things like that that makes these meets so special. Bring on April.
Sorry for the delay in posting (been mad busy/knackered). I’ve not looked at the other reviews of the meet but on reflection I have to say what a bloody great weekend it was.
Started the proceedings with some of the lads on the Saturday pub crawl. This time it was around the West End and have to say nice one to Windy for finding some great little boozers around there… some I didn’t even know too and set us up nicely for our Sunday shenanigans.
So Sunday rolls by and we all start meeting up and some of the lads are suitably attired, in particular our Gene – very much Ashes for Ashes mate, Sam and Del (more later). After our usual meet up’s in Hammersmith it’s on to the locations and there were some beauties in Stockwell, Battersea, Clapham, Wandsworth and Putney from Abduction, Selected Target and Victims. This is where Del unleashed his luverly jubberly and that oversized cigar and also tried to go drag as Mrs Haskins too… LOL! My personal favourite locations were Kibber’s House and the Putney locations from Abduction. Kibber’s house in particular always had a West London feel to me rather than being Stockwell/Clapham and with episodes like Abduction and Selected Target it just shows how varied and well Euston’s production team did putting together an episode which varied from places like Slough/Staines to Stockwell/Battersea/Clapham to Chelsea/Olympia/Hammersmith too. Taking us nicely to lunch in Latymers had a few nice pints of the black stuff (very nice Guinness for a Fullers pub BTW!) with the lads and a nice gab too before rounding off the last few locations in and around Kensington Olympia. Loved doing the Olympia bridge from Selected Target and by that time we were off to the QH for some beers, grub and the ‘infamous’ quiz. Yes our team boringly won it – may sit out the next one… and all in all have to say the meet was one of the most enjoyable I’ve had of all these I’ve done over the years. Okay we didn’t have any guests or masses of classic cars but we did have some great banter and a good group of like minded people who enjoyed sharing their passion for The Sweeney and retro TV generally.
A big word of thanks to Gene for his hard work in putting this all together and making sure we can see these locations in time without any issues. These locations in particular were fairly new to me too and nice one for getting these all sorted for this meet too. Also thanks again to Gene, Sam, Del, Saint behind the 4:3 forum who’ve worked really hard over the last 6 months to make it all a big success and something I enjoy participating with too. Big thanks too to our driver Villain and that Jag mate is a beauty mate a very nice ‘piece of steel’ mate. Also thanks to my shotgun rider Windy Miller and our Saturday drinks friends Vienna, John Steed, Del and Bronson for an enjoyable pre-match meet up too!
Finally thanks to all of you for making it a fun day out. I know most of you pretty well and you’re good mates too!
Whatever topic we do for the next meet – even if it’s things I’m not really into, count me in. Bring on April!!!!!!!
Firstly thanks to Gene for arranging a superb day which ran like clockwork. Secondly thanks to Steve Austin who chauffeured me around London, it's very much appreciated, and great meeting both you and Mickyosan, i'll look forward to seeing you both again.
When the itinary was first posted it looked like it would be a top day and that's exactly what it turned out to be. Every location was recognisable with either little or no change over the last 40 years.
One thing i will remember was when the owner of Fay and Brenda's house (from Abduction), upon leaving was asked if he was a fan of the show answered "wasn't everyone".
A really good day and great to meet up with everybody again, and thanks to Mick for doing the quiz, it's something i always look forward to.
I've enjoyed reading the reports from everyone this week, good stuff
Now for mine .... The weekend started in fine style as I joined Windy,Dirty,Steed and Vienna on the Saturday night pre meet drink.Top man for arranging this Windy.
The day of the meet started for me by meeting top wheelman Parker and getting ourselves over to Hammersmith sharpish for a very nice breakfast in the local Spoons. This really sets the day up nice and I was pleased to see about a dozen squad show up for it. Time to get back to that hallowed turf that is Colet Gardens for the start of the first 4:3tv meet - The Sweeney.
The meet and greet hour absolutely flew by. It was a good chance to see the fine Squad Cars on offer and to catch up with everyone on this operation including the chance to finally meet Steve Austin after a couple of years.
10AM .. It was time to stop hanging around like a motorway breakfast and get on with the job in hand , so myself and Davy Freeth joined Carter in his fine Wolseley 6/110 Squad Car and get ourselves over to Kibbers Gaff pronto for a spot of surveillance.
Back on the road we worked our way through some great Sweeney locations which i had never been to before, Young Haskins house, Brenda and Faye's, Carter's gaff and Stan Proctor's meeting place. I couldn't pick a favourite out of these as they were all good. I agree with Athene Noctua's earlier point about our convoy looking good as we threaded our way through South London.
A pint or two and some Jockey's Whips topped my tank up enough for part two of the meet. This part of the operation saw us walk through Holland park to where Regan meets Ronnie Brent and past Harry Pooles yard in a very nice street of mews houses.
The last two locations of the day were the car swap location from Selected Target at Kensington Olympia Station and the Court House where Johnny Lyon stands on the steps.
This meet was wrapped up very nicely indeed with a meal at the Queens Head followed by Stan reading a speech written by The Saint and finally by Micks great quiz.
All in all a great start and the first of many meets for us.
I want to thank Gene for being a great draughtsman and drawing up an enjoyable meet, also to Sam and the Saint.
My Thanks to... Parker who offered to be reserve driver for the day and for taking me to and from the meet. Carter for piloting us round the locations on the day. Mickyosan for the photographs. Mick for all his hard work on the Quiz. And to all the squad for being very helpful in the organising of the cars beforehand and for being great company.