It was a mega weekend thats for sure. I said to Dirty Epic on the way up there that I'm not drinking all afternoon and then the evening. Then you turn up to an absolutely fabulous sunny day with a decent boozer right on the river front and yep you guessed it, that plan went right out the window. Early start the next morning too. That half killed me
I'm uploading some photos guys and the proper post is err in the post.....
What a fantastic meet! I know this has been said before but for me it was definitely the best meet yet. Saturday started with a drive up from the midlands with Gene Hunt so thanks again Gene for giving me a lift in that fantastic sportscar of yours. After parking up at the hotel we enjoyed a few beers with some more squad members and then a walkabout for some bonus locations. Thanks again Gene for sharing these with us. Saturday evening was superb with even more squad members joining us for a few more beers.
Sunday was an early start, made even earlier by putting the clocks forward but the excitement of the day pushes the tiredness to the back of your mind! Some great locations on the morning walkabout and then a drive about to some more locations, Thank you very much Steve Austin for driving myself, Gene Hunt and Del Boy about. There was non stop banter and laughs all day so thanks to all 3 of you who I travelled with.
Sunday evening was very enjoyable with a meal and a few beers but only a few as we had sunk rather a large quantity on Saturday. Thanks very much to The Saint for booking the meal.
For me, all of the locations are great but Blackhall Rocks has to be the best one of all. Thanks again Gene for planning such an outstanding itinerary.
Finally, thanks to every single member who attended and made it the unforgettable, utterly brilliant weekend that it was.
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
What can be said about these meets that haven't already been said time and again? Not only did Gene do a superlative job once again with the planning, not only were we treated once again to brilliant weather, but we got to enjoy it over the course of three days!
The weekend started for me with my drive round to The Saint's gaff where Brown Granada and I were treated to the drive far, far North in The Saint's brand new Jag. Plenty of gizmos built into the dash to keep us on track on the route and for the lovely lady that gave him his directions to also read out various text messages that were sent his way - I would never have guessed she would have such a colourful vocabulary!
After a five hour drive we arrived at the Newcastle Quay, booked in, and then spent the evening wandering around the various hostelries that Jack Carter and Doreen drank. A wee dram or three later we somehow managed to get back to the hotel ready to lose an hour's sleep for the early start for breakfast.
Then the meet itself. Once again it can only be described as legendary the way Gene worked out the day's itinerary with a good refreshing walk in the morning, the drive out in the afternoon, and the final climatic drive taking in the Blythe Staithes and the beach walk to Blackhall Rocks to finish the locations tour. How Gene manages to encompass so many great locations in to one tour is impressive.
The day was then finished off with a good meal and a couple of drinks before 'last orders' were called and we had to wrap it up for another night.
Then all to soon the day to return was upon us but not before a hearty (!) breakfast to fuel us for the journey ahead was consumed and The Saint took to the wheel once again for the return journey.
I'd like to send my great thanks to The Saint for being the wheelman for myself and Brown Granada for the entire weekend. How he managed to stay awake for both entire journeys when both Brown Granada and I were nodding off has to be commended. Thanks also to The Saint for organising Sunday evening's dining, Brown Granada and Dirty Epic for the company and banter throughout the meet, and to the entire squad for the chat and laughs over my (undersized) Bob Ferris sheepskin coat and brown tie. Thanks also to Steve Austin for the print-outs of the meet smudges so well presented in bound booklets.
Once again though, the biggest thanks go to Gene Hunt for all the background work that he's put in with organising the meet, the itinerary, the threads, the drivers, the list goes on and he does it unstintingly. Superb work Gene!
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
The Get Likely meet really was a fantastic weekend, great weather, great company and great locations to visit. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. thanks for organising it Gene.
Here's some photos from the meet:
Carter runs to escape Con, now.
Carter spots Doreen in a coffee bar, now the back enterance to a pub /club.
The Beehive Inn where Bob and Terry go for a pint whilst the girls prepare the tea in the caravan, now.
So thanks to Gene for organising it and the excellent driving directions, Saint for arranging the evening meal, Windy and Vienna for their company in the motor and everyone else who was there for making it a great weekend meet.
Tried to write this review without looking at what everyone else has put but what a great weekend and meet we've just had in Newcastle and beyond. The only downside was it flew past so quickly too.
Started the proceedings ironically in Hammersmith and caught the plane with Del from Heathrow. Enjoyed some great banter too and for anyone going to Newcastle/Scotland it's a good alternative to the train too.
After landing in Newcastle took the Metro to the city centre Del and I began the weekend's proceedings with Gene, John Steed, Steve Austin and Charles Bronson on the Quayside drenched in some unusually nice sunny weather for March in the North East too. As the rest of us landed we got ourselves checked in our digs and hit the town on a legendary pub crawl organised by Gene. We did the Victoria Comet opposite Newcastle Station which Jack lands in at the beginning of Get Carter and also enjoyed the not so salubrious 'Gotham Town' which was once a cafe and also featured in GC too. Moving on from there we settled down in The Bridge for a serious nights drinking too although some of our forum members can go much more further than I can - lightweight I know. Brilliant session all the same and some great craic with all you lads too.
Anyway Day 2 and at 9am sharp we begin our walking tour of the Get Carter/Likely Lads sights and my highlights were the Swing and High Level Bridges and the Castle Stairs too. After a nice few hours checking these locations off to the motors to check some of the more far flung GC/Likely Lads locations in the North East. Big thanks to The Saint for being our wheels man and doing the honours for Sam, Brown Granada and I during the day so well too. First up was the Newcastle Crem featured in Get Carter (and ripped off for Crocodile Shoes too) and then off to the Blyth Staithes where Jack chases Eric... and end up almost 50 miles south see later LOL! Even if you're not a fan of Get Carter etc. a great location to visit and hard to imagine freight trains ran over those rickety staithes a few years ago... unthinkable in today's era. After this some welcome refreshment was due so headed to The Beehive Inn near Whitley Bay. Brilliant pub and considering it was mothers day not so busy either too. After a nice pint of dark we headed to Whitley Bay itself the scene of Bob and Terry's scrapes in the Likely Lads film. Sadly the scene where they sat has just, JUST been redeveloped but most of it is still as it was in 1976. Before heading to the infamous Ivanhoe Guest House had some nice fish n chips in Whitley too. Set us up nicely for the walk up to the Ivanhoe and then the long drive (longer due to traffic...) to Gateshead to see Jack's billet The Las Vegas guest house. Still very similar nearly 50 years on and possibly the most recognizable of the locations to check out too. Our final location is perhaps the best of the bunch Blackhall Rocks the scene of Jack's revenge against Eric and reaches his own demise too - sorry if anyone's not seen GC BTW. Brilliant location in it's own right too. After all this back to Newcastle Quayside for a quick freshen up and a meal and drinks on the Quayside. Again big thanks to The Saint for organising the meal at the Pitcher and Piano and rounded a great weekend with a few jars (and a Penis Colada LOL!) with the lads too.
The Monday morning after the night before was a nice brekkie with some of the lads on the Quayside before saying our goodbye's and having a look 'roound Toon' with Del and all too soon being 'taken back to London' and the grindstone of work this week too.
Absolutely knackered yesterday hence why I'm a bit late with this review but the weekend was absolutely bloody brilliant.
Can't say/show how big my thanks is to Gene for organising this meet and the locations but this was a top drawer meet and it's been a pleasure to have been a part of it mate. Your work on these meets is very much appreciated by me and long may they continue as successfully as this one gone has been. Along with the other work Sam, Del and The Saint put into this and the forum generally a big pat on the back for giving us weekends like the one just gone and building the friendships we've all now enjoy.
Thanks too to everyone who attended this weekend too. I've enjoyed catching up, having a laugh and some banter with you all too and your all a great bunch of lads too. Suppose the only downside was a The Saint mentioned a couple of us pulling out at the last minute and not being as forthcoming with their commitment as they should have been. If you can't come be honest and tell the lads ASAP - don't pussyfoot around and possible leave Gene and the other moderators in the lurch etc. But enough of that lets think of the great times we've had on this meet and look forward to the times to come on our next adventure with 43tv. Wherever and whatever it is (even if I don't really like it) you've got my full support and looking forward to seeing you all very soon too.
Is this the best meet we've done? Not sure as we've done some pretty good ones in the past but all I can say is Gene came up trumps once again with our Newcastle adventures and a final pat on the back for giving us such an enjoyable weekend and memories too. A malt's waiting for you in The Railway Arms buddy. Thanks again everyone for a brilliant weekend long may they continue.
Post by Brown Granada on Mar 29, 2017 21:09:23 GMT
Well we said it was going to be epic and it certainly was. The best meet so far by a country mile. Super locations and super company made it fantastic from start to finish. Newcastle is a lovely place and I shall definitely give it another visit soon. The Staithes and Blackhall rocks were my favourites. So atmospheric you could almost hear Jack and Eric there. We went to a fair few boozers too in the Saturday night tour and all of them great. Big big thanks to Gene for all your hard work in making these things so brilliant. It's so appreciated. Cheers again. Big thanks to The Saint for the lift up in the Jaaagg. What a car. Good banter all the way up with Bob Ferris, sorry I mean Sam. Thanks too Mr Saint for organising the Sunday evening meal. The food was excellent, good choice. And thanks to everyone who went and together made it a weekend I won't ever forget. And what a weekend eh?
Great company, great locations and lots of banter made the Newcastle weekend the best ever! - I am still going over and over the locations in my mind!
Thanks again to Gene for his planning and organisation that ensured it all ran like clockwork
The weekend format was a good move, it allowed for a more relaxed meet with more locations and more socialising amongst the squad.
I enjoyed travelling to and from the meet with Sam and Brown Granada, great company and top banter! Also, glad that we were joined in the motor by Dirty Epic on Sunday to add to the fun and chat, thanks lads
I won't repeat what others have said, except to say that we all know this was the best meet by far - and that is saying something as all the other meets have been top drawer!
My favourite location? Well they were all fantastic, but it has to be Blackhall Rocks, so atmospheric - I could just sense Carter and Eric there!
A section of photos are below, I will post some more over the next few days.
Further to everyone else's comments, the meet was superb from start to finish and I certainly rung out every last drop having arrived in Newcastle on the late Friday morning and finally left at just before 4pm on Monday afternoon. I then worked all yesterday and last night so have finally got some time tonight and it's late Wednesday night already.
Thanks to everyone who made it up the north and made it such a great weekend.
My favourite location was the staithes at Blythe although they were all superb.
I even managed on Monday afternoon to go up on the Tyne bridge to see Jack escaping Con and Peter by getting into Glenda's Alpine, in her role of fairy godmother. I then paid a visit to Manors where the old station building still exists where Carter follows Margaret down the steps (although you can't now get into the old building) and then confronts her outside her flat on Sallyport Crescent which is two minutes down the road.
I finished off my stay with a couple in the Crown Posada which retains much unspoiled historical embellishments, befitting 1970/71 and gets packed at the weekend but was perfectly quiet on late Monday afternoon to reflect on what a great time I'd had in the Toon.
Go on you pair of blimpers, 'ave a bloody good look! - Mrs Billy Medhurst, In from the Cold, Sweeney S3 Episode 2, 13/09/76.
Post by Charles Bronson on Mar 30, 2017 11:17:48 GMT
Last weekends Get Likely Meet was a great success. I'm so pleased for Gene, Sam, Del, and The Saint that it went so well, despite a few problems with drivers who couldn't make it, just prior to the start of the meet.
It was a terrific weekend with perfect weather. The evening pub crawl. Was very good. I got a nice surprise when I realised that we were in the very pub Jack Carter walked into just after his arrival in Newcastle, over the road from Newcastle Railway Station. The walking part of the meet, which started at nine thirty on Sunday morning was a real delight. A lot of the locations had hardly changed in the forty six years since Get Carter was filmed. My favourites that morning, were the bridge were Carter talks to Margaret, and the steps were he was chased by the two heavies from London. (The bridge was so very atmospheric.)
The Crematorium was a fantastic location. That site was far and away the best building of it's type (Cemetery/Crematorium.) I've ever seen in my life. The Get Carter location manager did a great job in 1970. Looking back at last weekend it's amazing how many places we visited. The Staithes, The Beehive Inn, The Las Vegas Guest House, etc. The best of course was Blackhall Rocks, what can you say about that location. Awesome! Absolutely the best meet so far. Well done Gene. You've done it yet again. This one was truly unforgettable. I loved it up there, and that Fish And Chip shop you took us to in Whitley Bay was brill. very enjoyable grub.
The Pitcher And Piano was a classy place for the evening Meal, with reasonable prices well done Saint for finding it for us. I've read that one or two of the lads were slightly tired by the end of the night. I'm glad that I wasn't the only one then, but the day was well worth it. Some of you lads stayed out for a curry and a few more pints, whilst the rest of us went back to the hotel. I found time to watch a late night spaghetti western on the hotel telly before turning off the lights for a good kip. I want to thank Mickyosan for doing a great job as my navigator. I truly could not have wished for anyone better. You never put a foot wrong. Thank you so much.
Thanks to Steve Austin for the Get Likely folders he put together for us all. It will be a memento of a wonderful weekend. Thanks above all to Gene for all the hard work he put into weekend. It went really well. Congratulations Gene on a fantastic job of organisation.
I'm eagerly looking forward to meeting up with everyone again for another great experience.