This exhibition seems to come around quicker every year, so once again it was over to Burton Town Hall for the biggest meeting of Diesel and Electric modellers this country knows.
The first day (Saturday) started off with a meet up at McDonalds for breakfast with Bill and Pete meeting up with Brian and the big red van at 7.30am. After a quick bite it was off to get set up. This year they had put us in the hall with the glass roof, and right under the glass roof! To say it was warm would be an understatement, and with a lack of ventilation it was not comfortable. In fact Pete had to hold the fort a few times to let Brian and Bill head out for some “fresh air” 😉.
The Saturday was busy as usual with all the usual suspects coming on to the stand to chat, and some people even bought stuff! Another strange thing about Showcase weekend is that it seems to fly past very quickly due to the day being filled talking to mates and just generally enjoying ourselves. No sooner had we started than it was time to get the curtains up and head out for the evenings festivities. We would again leave our fellow DEMU members to take care of AGM business whilst we headed for the pub.
Within a few minutes of the show closing our crew were packed into the Coopers Arms, a real pub. Many of the favourites were on that night with the “Sara Hughes Ruby Mild” possibly winning the popularity charts. Pete, Bill and Brian headed out to the beer garden to join the others only to find they had obviously gone elsewhere. Being outside Brian and Bill took the opportunity to get some more “fresh air” and when the conversation turned to cars Pete went to seek out the others, who he found shoe-horned into the snug. The conversation was going strong in the snug mainly with people getting the pi$$ ripped out of them of talking about others.
After a few beers it was time to head next door to the Apne Cuisine Indian Restaurant. The gathered 12 souls were soon tucking in and downing the beers we brought in from the Coopers. The food was excellent once again and the conversation was varied. Colin Craig stunned us by regaling us of the times he had holidayed on the QE2 accompanied by the return leg on Concorde. There is obviously good money in selling point kits! The evening for most ended quite early as we were knackered having been in a greenhouse all day.
Next morning it was back to McDs for the Shawplan crew then back on the stand for what was a quieter but equally enjoyable event. Most of the DEFine crew showed up at some point over the weekend and it was great to catch up with everyone. Until next year…..