Great day lads. Nicely organised ......cheers. I laughed all day. Funny as .... Longhampton Hospital was the nuts ;). All the locations were blinding especially meeting a man that took the time to tell me, Del and Regan some of his memories of the filming and cast that were outside his house during the making of camping / convenience etc.... My only disappointment was that I was promised a bra popping off moment............I didn't see one all day ;) and I don't mean the bras that some of the squad wear ;). Haha
As everyone has said a really good meet. Great organisation, great weather and great locations made it a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Thanks to Gene, Sam and Del for all the arrangments, it ran like clockwork and it was good to catch up with dirty epic and windy miller driving around Pinewood and everyone else during the walk about and during dinner in the Royal Oak.
Post by Brown Granada on Apr 13, 2016 19:42:46 GMT
Well another corker. Well worth the early start and drive up and having never been to Windsor before I was really surprised at what a beautiful place it is and a return journey is planned. The meets just get better and better and trying something different this time went down really well (ooer missus). This is down to the superb planning work by Gene with the help of Sam and Del and the Saint, big thanks for all the work you put into these meets guys its appreciated. Work that is second to none. Also everyone who was there gels together so well and such is the love for these meets that I'm sure if it was a trek round looking at drain covers we'd all still be there like a shot. Big thanks also to Steed and Vienna for all the in car banter, great fun lads. So heres to the next one whatever the plan is I can't wait.
Thanks for all the replies so far, it is so encouraging to see that everyone enjoyed the day as much as I did.
The day for me started well by meeting up with the first of the squad at the King And Castle for a large breakfast - and what a breakfast! After polishing most of that off (it was just a bit too much) the squad that had been gradually increasing in numbers then took a wander down to the meeting point at Windsor And Eton Riverside station. Just a short walk but so many locations from Carry On Cabby could be pointed out en route.
The full compliment of the squad arrived ahead of the intended departure time so we managed to get away a few minutes early and on the road to Maidenhead. Not the easiest place in the world to park but once we'd found a spot it was a stroll back to the Town Hall (Long Hampton Hospital) and to what was Courts where Sid asked Valerie Leon for a tube of toothpaste in Carry On Camping, and the first of our locations where Del-Boy donned his Bernard Bresslaw attire complete with comb-over. Needless to say there were numerous strange looks from passing shoppers as he posed in the doorway.
Back in the car and on to Iver and Pinewood Close where once again so many locations in such a small estate. Again though, Del-Boy Bresslaw came to the fore for numerous re-enactments. Fantastic to see that so many locations have changed so little over the years. After a wander to the Pinewood Studios gates and the location of the Gents kahazi from Carry On Screaming, it was back in the car to Windsor and stop off in The Royal Oak for a beverage or three before the afternoon stroll.
Suitably refreshed we took a stroll back up the high street to Windsor Central station, on to The Long Walk for Carry On Henry and the squad picture as Gene posted above, and then back through the residential part of town before before getting back to the Central Station again. Too many locations and films to list but the three mile walk seemed to be over in no time and before we knew it was back in The Royal Oak (Carry On Cabby) for the meal.
Overall this was once again another excellent meet with a fantastic set of locations.
Big thanks to all squad members for attending and joining in, thanks to all that bought Gene and I our drinks and also to those that offered but we had to politely turn down. Thanks also to The Saint for the midday snack of chips, to Del-Boy for arranging the cars, drivers, passengers, and for his role-play, and last but by no means least huge thanks to Gene for the fantastic planning for the day, the evening meal, and for the company in the car. Top work mate!
Whatever and wherever the next meet is, I can't wait!
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Post by Athene Noctua on Apr 14, 2016 12:56:10 GMT
What a brilliant day out! So great to see all the team again, it's funny how the months melt away when we all meet up, isn't it.
Thanks to all the organisers - Gene, Sam, Del & the Saint, you are all the tops, and it's down to your efforts everything went so well.
Couldn't believe how many locations clustered round there, but I suppose with the big studios locally it's not a surprise, and a lot of those buildings were virtually new at the time of filming (I think much less change than some of our Sweeney locations, that town hall is almost unchanged).
Really liked the Royal Oak - the food was excellent (wish I'd tried a desert).
It was my first effort as wheels[wo]man, and thanks to the Saint & Bronson for their great company.
Well, the past few days have flown by since the Carry On Meet and I'm still on a high from the whole weekend!
Thanks to all those who joined us last weekend and have posted such fantastic comments on this report thread. I've really enjoyed reading your comments. It is absolutely wonderful that all those attended gave the first Non Sweeney Meet a unanimous thumbs up. It is great news that we made the correct decision all those months ago to broaden our outlook, not just with the forum itself, but also with the events organised. I can assure everyone that we can look forward to more of the same from now on!
Back to last weekend....
Saturday started with me detouring slightly to pick up John Steed, then a swift run down the Motorway to Windsor for 12 noon. After checking into the digs, we moved post-haste to the first watering hole. It wasn't long before we got the taste for the ale so we moved onto the next, and then the next, and then the next pub, before dropping into Wetherspoons, where very soon we were met by Del Boy, Dirty Epic & Perfect Pseudonym. More ale flowed before I ordered my steak & chips pizza. Then it was onto the next pub to meet up with Windy Miller, Charles Bronson & Vienna. More ale was quaffed before heading to two more boozers.... you get the picture...
Finally, we staggered back to the digs for a kip and before we knew it, it was time to fire up the Quattro and head off to pre Meet breakfast. Before long, a few more of the squad joined us and then we set off down to Riverside Station to meet the remaining squad members.
Kick off was 10:30 and we set of on what was to be one of the most memorable location tours I've done for many a year. What better way to start than the iconic "Long Hampton Hospital". A short walk from here to the end of the road and we were outside the Camping Shop where Sid & Bernie pick up the leaflet for the nudist camp.
Back to the cars and it was a drive East over to Pinewood. I visited this estate back in the late 80's and early 90's and very little had changed then, so I was happy to see that not a lot else had changed in the last quarter decade. Standing in the spot where Sid James, Bernard Bresslaw, Joan Simms etc had stood evoked a lot of memories for the squad on the day. Quite a number of locations all in the same street circuit proved very popular.
A short drive back to Windsor where we parked up for the rest of the day. A sustenance stop in The Royal Oak was exactly what was needed before we headed off for our afternoon walkabout. This was fantastic. Location after location followed over the 3 mile course and before we knew it, we were back at The Royal Oak for our evening meal. Great food there by the way and I can recommend it to anyone going to Windsor.
The day went by all too quickly. Soon it was time to bid everyone goodbye, and myself & John Steed hit the high road in the Quattro. The end of one of my favourite Meets to date.
Thank you to all those who joined us for the first Non-Sweeney Meet. You all really do make the day extra special. It was good to hear throughout the day people commenting on how we'd all become good friends thanks to the Meets, and also pledging their continued support for ALL future events.
Thanks to all those who got me and Sam a drink in. Sam mentioned that we'd politely declined a couple of drinks... I never thought I'd see that day! Thanks also to The Saint for getting the chips in at lunchtime. Cheers pal!
Thanks to Steed, who was brilliant company on the journey there and back as always
Thanks to everyone who drove on the day. It is not a task to be taken lightly for people to drive into and around an area that is unknown to them. I have to say, ALL drivers did phenomenally well and were at each point within minutes of each other.
Well done drivers
BIG thanks to Del for taking over the role of driver/passenger administration for this meet. It's a treat for me that I can rely on someone to do this without me having to worry. Thanks also to Del for the effort he puts in to finding, purchasing and wearing appropriate costumes and being great fun throughout the event.
HUGE thanks to my old pal Sam Tyler. Sam very kindly offered to step in and sort out the venue for the evening meal for this Meet. Having done this for the past 10 years, I know what is involved and it is not as easy as you think to arrange this part of the day. Sam did us all extremely proud with the Royal Oak. Not only pre booking the meals, but also managing to reserve a full section of the dining room so we could all sit together as a group.
Sam also stepped in when a driver pulled out of the Meet a few hours before the start. Having not familiarised himself with the route in advance, he drove us both around without any hiccups. Under the circumstances, and mainly due to the amount I'd necked the night before, there is no way I could have driven on the Sunday morning.
Finally, thanks again to everyone who attended. Thank you for the kind comments regards the day itself and the itinerary we enjoyed. It was an absolute pleasure for me to spend the time I did preparing the list of locations we visited. Indeed, there were probably double the amount we actually visited to start with, but I had to drop a fair few in order for us to fit them into the schedule. Equally, I appreciated that a couple of drivers came to me to thank me for the step by step driving route instructions I prepared a few days before the Meet. I'm glad you all found them of use and that they were accurate enough to keep everyone together.
Time for me to take a break from locations for a while though. Well, for a few weeks at least before I start formulating a plan for the 4:3tv Meet 003 October 2016. I have said before that there will be NO guarantees that there will be a Sweeney Meet in any given 4:3tv year. It will all depend on numerous factors at the time of planning. So next time around it could be a Sweeney Meet, but it could also be a Steptoe & Son Meet, a Man About The House Meet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet Meet, Get Carter Meet, On The Buses Meet or a Life On Mars Meet. That's the beauty of 4:3tv. We have so many options now that I can see these Meets continuing for many years to come.
So those who don't want to miss out.... watch out for an announcement later in the Summer.