Evening each! What a fantastic meet again. These days getter better and better. (I know we keep saying it but it is true!!). Massive thanks to Gene Hunt for military planning as always and to Sam Tyler for travel information, and thanks everyone else who contributed; which includes everyone who attended on the day and collectively made it the brilliant day that it was. Thanks also to Vienna for the many laughs and great banter whilst travelling down to London and back to Birmingham together, and a huge thanks to John Lyons for giving up spare time to meet us. Thanks also to Del Boy for playing the character "Nosher" so well. The idea of travelling by tube instead of using squad cars was a very nice change and worked extremely well. (I have just viewed my Oyster account online and was pleasantly surprised how very,very cheap my weekend's travel was!!)
Roll on the next meet, Cheers all
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
Firstly, a thoroughly enjoyable meet from start to finish.
Key highlights were:
- essentially two walking tours: we appeared to cover more ground and locations, but in a more relaxed way - copies of the screengrabs, expertly bound and available for all - appreciated - morning locations: several gems, including the MATH, er house, Georgy Girl and Abbey Road - lunch at the Warrington: guest star Nosher who seemed to offer a mix of re-enactments from Night Out, with Tim 'bit of a punch up' Cook - Sweeney locations: again covering on foot worked so well + the Minder locations where the current owners of the Winchester Villas may even consider joining future meets - evening meal: John and Ann Lyons - delightful and interesting guests; easy to see why John has enjoyed such a successful career - Thieves & Weirdos: now many more of us have seen this excellent film, a chance to discuss with the stars! - squad camaraderie: it's become a friendship / walking group - but with a strong focus on retro tv and wider nostalgia
Major thanks to Del, Saint and Sam for top work in enabling the forum to develop and especially in supporting Gene. The level of preparation, detail and thought put into these meets are amazing - highly appreciated; nice one Guv.
Post by Charles Bronson on Nov 1, 2016 17:28:05 GMT
Many thanks to Gene and the other moderators who made Sunday's meet such a great and memorable day. After a three hour train journey, and a taxi ride home. I hit the sack at 1AM on Monday morning. I must say though, the trip to London was well worth it. I really enjoyed the pre-meet pub crawl on Saturday afternoon, Which kicked off at The Brook Green in Hammersmith, and ended up in the evening, in Fleet Street. (Thank you Windy for pointing out the old Times, and Daily Express buildings which I found really interesting.) We visited quite a few historic pubs throughout the day. Great company and good beer, you couldn't ask for much more. On Sunday it was a new experience travelling around by tube to the various locations. The Maida Vale area of London is a very select part of the City, and we saw some great sites and locations. One of my favourites was the canal part by Georgie's flat. I am filled with admiration at Gene's skill in navigating us around the various streets, in these areas, he is like a walking A-Z of London. The Warrington Arms was a great choice to spend our lunch break. We got so settled and comfy it was a bit hard to move when our break was over.
I remember thinking as the day went on "It's amazing how much we're packing in."
Del Boy was as always the life and soul of things with his Nosher Powell tribute bit. It added a lot to the day. The picture of him and Sam having a “Punch up” in The Warrington is hilarious.
We had quite a good tour of some Sweeney locations, which most of us had never been to before. The Church from “Messenger Of The Gods” was my favourite.
It was good to get back to The Q. H. for the meal, which I enjoyed. The service was pretty good in my opinion. John Lyons our guest is an actor I truly like and admire. It was great of him and his wife to turn out for us. He obviously enjoyed being with us, and I could see his wife did too. What a great guy, anyone would be proud to have him for a friend. I loved listening to his story about how he became an actor, and his experiences during his long career. I don’t think you could ask for a more friendly and delightful couple than Mr. and Mrs. John Lyons. I know Gene will pass on our appreciation, thanks and also our pleasure in having him with us on Sunday.
Thanks to Gene, for all his painstaking planning and efforts during the last several months, which went into bringing off Sunday’s meet. I would also like to thank the other moderators for their contributions too.
I am more than happy at the new direction these meets have taken, and look forward to many more enjoyable excursions with the squad. It was great chatting to all of the lads and I look forward to seeing you all again next time.
I just want to say what a fantatstic 4:3TV meet. And what a great weekend overall it was too!
As is often the case, I arrived in London on Saturday with my pickled egg munching chum Mr John Steed. We then met several members of the squad for a few jars and a pub crawl around central parts of the city, plus an evening meal, although the service was a little bit slow.
On the day of the meet we all met up at the usual Colet Gardens location then got on the tube to walk around and view locations from Man About the House, Robbery, Georgy Girl, Minder and the legendary Abbey Road crossing. After a couple of pints and some entertainment from Del Boy in The Warrington it was back to Hammersmith to look at some Sweeney locations and back to The Queens Head for dinner and an enjoyable evening with John Lyons - what a thoroughly nice chap he is. I managed to ask John about his part in a 1972 episode of Public Eye which eventually led to his role in The Sweeney itself. Later in the evening a few of us went for a couple of jars before heading back to the hotel.
I have to say it was probably the best meet I have been on, and thanks to all those who attended on Sunday, along with the usual crowd on the Saturday night. Special thanks to Del Boy for the Sunday entertainment, John Steed for arranging the trip and putting up with me, and a massive thanks to Gene Hunt for his brilliant organisation of the event and getting John Lyons to talk with us again about his career.
Roll on the next one...
The 'permissive society' doesn't exist. I know, I've looked for it - Rupert Rigsby
Sunday was a thoroughly enjoyable day which ran like clockwork, as these meets always do. Great locations, the majority of which were new to me, covering a variety of film and TV meant the time and the miles flew by.
The evening meal in the Queens Head was very good and the opportunity to hear from John Lyons will be remembered for a long time to come. A genuine man and a very accomplished speaker, the insights into the life of an actor and people he worked with were great to listen to.
Thanks to Gene for all his effort organising the day, Sam for the travel updates, Del for making sure the weather was good and all the squad members for making the meet so enjoyable.
This definitely was the best meet yet. Started with an early brekkie in Hammersmith which hit the spot and set us up for the day. The idea of a walking tour instead of driving this time was a good call. It gave us a chance to all chat a bit more and also pack in more locations, and great locations they were too. The Warrington never disappoints, the decor is fabulous and is a great place for the lunch break. More brilliant locations in the afternoon to bring us to the Queens Head and then John Lyons. What an evening, wasn't he just the best? Superb guest. I was lucky enough to sit next to him at dinner and what a nice guy he is. I'm still buzzing. It doesn't get much better than that. Very informative about his life in acting and the anecdotes about David Jason. Super super cool.
Big big thanks to Gene for everything he does to make these meets the business. All the behind the scenes work and stuff on the day is much appreciated.
Thanks to Sam and Scotch Del as well and also to Steve Austin for the screen grabs, a great momento of the day. Thanks also to everyone else who came, good to see you all again.
Sorry for not posting as soon as I’d like and tried not to look at the other posts too. Once again another bloody great meet has come and gone and they seem to get better and better.
Enjoyed the Saturday build-up with some of the lads. Had a few jars in The Star Tavern in Belgravia where The Great Train Robbers plotted things and very nice it is too. Also enjoyed the Blackfriars pub crawl too and liked that we went away from the usual Hammersmith stomping grounds for this too. Fully recommend the Saturday to everyone and it sets everything up nicely for the main event on Sunday.
Well headed to the William Morris in Hammersmith for a brekkie to set me up for the day and what a day it was. After meeting up with the crew in Colet Gardens we headed off to the general Maida Vale area for the ‘Maida Walk’ and to see Del Boy’s latest incarnation “‘Nosher’ Jock” LOL. Regardless of me being a fan it was brilliant to do The Beatles (‘IPPIES! LOL! ), Georgy Girl and Robbery locations in that area and even managed to check some parts of North West London I’d never been to before despite passing through the main parts of those area’s many times too. Onward to The Warrington and for some re-enactments from Night Out. Some hilarious ones between Del and Sam in there and even managed to rope me in to play the ‘Guv’ too… no dressing gown I’m afraid LOL! The Warrington’s a brilliant boozer on it’s own too and sometimes an odd famous face too – none on Sunday I’m afraid… well maybe our Del!
Both this and the later ‘Sweeney Walk’ and using the tube gave us all a good chance to mix, chat and catch up with each other and glad this was a feature of the meet too.
Back to Brook Green and the ‘Sweeney Walk’ too and nice to hear from a couple living in what was Arfur’s car lot too. Always great that our meets seem to bring out the best in people as a few streets away another resident in one of the featured locations had a good chat and seem happy to hear of the Sweeney links with his property too. It’s off to The Queens Head then for our usual meal and thanks to the hard work of our Gene our guest too.
John Lyons and his wife Ann were brilliant and enjoyed chatting to both of you on the night too. It’s always nice to get a guest but John and Ann are really nice, down-to-earth people who take an interest in us and what we like and have taken some time out for us too. Many thanks! Enjoyed hearing Johns tales in the industry too and the roles he’s done down the years too.
To round the night off had a quick jar in The Swan with a few of the lads too – I know I ducked out a little bit early but had sodding work on Monday… won’t make the same mistake in 2017 LOL! and after a few days reflection I’ve had a really great weekend with friends and like minded people, checked out some brilliant locations and the only problem is the weekenders go so quick…
Goes without saying but massive thanks to Gene for being the draughtsman on this. I know you put a lot of time, planning and negotiation (guests) in to these meets so for everything to come together so well it's a brilliant thing you've built up over the years and long may it continue! Thanks to Sam, Del and The Saint work your work on the forum too and more importantly big thanks to everyone (too many to mention now LOL!) who came to this meet for making me feel welcome and the banter we have and allowing us all to have such an enjoyable weekend/day too.
Whatever and wherever we cover for next time I’ll be up for it (the get together's!). Until then all the best for 2017 everyone.
Thanks to everyone for their report posts so far, it just goes to show what a great day Gene set us all up for, brilliant work!
Thanks Gene for all you do in organising these meets - the previous posts and mine show just how much your efforts are appreciated.
It makes great reading going through the posts as everyone says that it was the best meet yet, and I agree wholeheartedly as the two walking sessions did give greater opportunity for all to mix and have a good chat between locations - well, a bit of a chat as the locations came thick and fast thanks to Gene's brilliant planning.
There was so much that was so good to the day: the early start with a hefty breakfast, Del-Boy going incognito once again this time as the resident 'sweaty' and looking for a punch-up, a great walk around Maida Vale and Little Venice, and of course the excellent John Lyons as guest speaker!
So many people to thank throughout the day too: drinks from Dirty Epic, John Steed, Vienna (as well as numerous others offered), lunch from The Saint, Stan being the MC for the Q&A with John Lyons, John and his lovely wife Ann for joining us, and of course the biggest thanks of all to Gene for all the work he's put in (and I know it is a hell of a lot!) to ensure the meet ran as smooth as clockwork.
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
Well, after a bit of a rest since the weekend, I thought it was about time to post my thoughts about 4:3tv Meet 003.
The weekend started off early Saturday morning for me with a drive over to Del Boy's gaff. It wasn't long before he'd prepped a full English, which was swiftly washed down with half a pint of Malt Scotch. What better way to start the weekend off than that!
Then it was time to make our way over to Hammersmith to meet some of the lads. First port of call was The Brook Green Hotel, where we had a couple of pints of stout. Not longer after we were joined by Dirty Epic. Then along came John Steed & Vienna. Another pint later and in walks Charles Bronson. After downing that pint, we got on the tube and headed over to Knightsbridge and a short walk to The Star Tavern in Belgravia. As has already been pointed out, this was the pub where the Great Train Robbery was reputedly planned. It's also where quite a few famous people have used over the years, including none other than Diana "Lilly Rix" Dors.
Soon it was time to make our way over to The Blackfriar to meet up with the remainder of the hard core drinkers - Windy Miller & Carter. More ale was supped before we headed up towards Fleet Street. Some of were getting a bit peckish at this point so it was decided to nip next door for an Indian meal. I wanted steak at a Bernie Inn but a curry was favoured by the majority so in we went, only to be turfed out a quickly as we got in. The bloke on the door saying they were full but in reality, I think he was wary of the look of us lot descending on his place. So it was next door to The Albion. Another pint followed and we ordered a meal. It was a decent drop but the grub took an age to arrive so we quickly downed that and moved on. At this point we lost a weary Charles Bronson who left in direct pursuit of his kip.
Not deterred, the rest of us shot over to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese for yet more ale. It has to be said that their stout is second to none. Superb! A wonderful old boozer that I thoroughly recommend if you're in the area.
From here we bid goodnight to Carter before moving on the Seven Stars - which by coincidence is just around the corner from the "Hunterian Museum" (cue remarks from all corners saying I should be in one). The Seven Stars is another favourite of mine. A cracking pub.
So, it was now getting late and time to head off back to Del's gaff for a good nights kip.
Another early start on Sunday and off to Hammersmith.
Some of the squad were already staked out - Athene Noctua and Steve Austin. Before long we were joined by The Saint & Brown Granada so we walked up to The William Morris for a breakfast. Here, I met up with the old pal Sam Tyler and before long, Windy Miller & Mickeyosan.
Set up for the day we headed back to Colet Court to meet the remainder of the squad. John Steed & Vienna were soon in attendance, as was Carter, Stan, Michael Rodd, Superclassic, DC Burtonshaw & Peter Picard.
Time to kick off the 4:3tv Meet 003!
Off to Barons Court, we got on the first tube and headed over to Maida Vale for the morning tour. This took in locations from Funeral In Berlin, Man About The House, Georgy Girl & Robbery!, as well as the famous Zebra crossing Abbey Road. Some great locations in a lovely area before finishing the morning session with a Minder location and into The Warrington Hotel (From The Sweeney episode "Night Out") for a nice relaxed lunch.
A couple of nice pints of Guinness and a bowl of chips (courtesy of The Saint), bar fights, you name it, it happened in The Warrington on Sunday. My kind of pub lunch.
Then it was time to get back on the tube and head back over to Hammersmith for the afternoon session.
Sweeney location after Sweeney location followed in quick succession. Most of the squad were amazed how close some of these locations were. We got around these exactly as planned and were back to our final port of call, The Queens Head, bang on time at 5:30.
Unbeknown to most of the squad, I had arranged with my dear mate John Lyons to join us, along with his lovely wife Ann, for the evening.
I've known John for a few years now and he is one of the most genuinely nice people I know. Also his lovely wife Ann. I'm proud to have them as friends.
After dinner, John was introduced to everyone by none other than Stan, AKA Mr Smooth. Then John addressed the squad for an hour with the story of his career. The hour seemed to pass in seconds and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I could have listened all night long. Then the squad were given the chance to ask him questions about his career. There were some wonderful insights into the biz and as ever, John filled his stories with funny anecdotes.
It was all over too quickly and it was time for John & Ann to bid us farewell. This was also time for some of us to say our goodbyes as some of us had quite a long drive home after a long day.
My overall thoughts on the day are of complete satisfaction. I had a few hours on the drive home to reflect on the day and can honestly say that I enjoyed it more than ever before. I have been organising these events now for more than 10 years. After each event, people have said in their reports that "it was the best yet" etc etc. They are indeed all good days out, but for me, this one had not only a superb set of locations, but also in my opinion, the best squad ever to attend a Meet. Most of us know each other very well now, but we do still get new faces from time to time and it is fantastic when you all make newcomers so welcome. This really ensures that people want to come back time and time again for future events.
So onto the thank you's of which there are many.
A huge thank you to Del & Raquel who allowed the Gene Genie to kip at Nelson Mandella house on Saturday night. Del does a mean fry up it has to be said and the half pint of Scotch cut through the grease easily to make it a more healthy option.
Del, please pass on my regards to Raquel again pal. Cheers to you both
Thanks to the boys who made the trek on Saturday and stood their rounds in the various boozers we frequented. You're all good drinkers and I'm happy to continue that trend.
Thanks to each and every one of you who attended the Meet and turned up on time on Sunday. With the itineraries I plan it is always essential that people are punctual so we don't have to drop locations to save time.
Thanks to Del & Sam for keeping the Meet register page updated. Del keeping the squad list up to date and Sam with his invaluable travel news. Without this, we could have faced disaster in getting from A to B. Thanks lads. Much appreciated.
Thanks to Steve Austin who kindly offered to print up the screen grabs for everyone. Very professional mate - Cheers
Thanks to Stan for his doing the introduction with John Lyons. You're inimitable in this role mate so you've got the job for life there!
Thanks to all squad members who got me & Sam a pint in during the course of the day, and thanks to those who offered. Sam has made a mental note of those offers and will be calling them in at the April Meet!
Finally, thanks to all for your appreciation and positive comments on this thread. It makes all the graft worthwhile for me and ensures I'll be happy to plan the next Meet - 004, in April 2017.