Loony Party Conference 23rd-25th Sep 2021

Our 37th conference was held in the lovely town of Louth in Lincolnshire. It should have been our 38th as last year was cancelled. We held our promise to our Lincolnshire friends that we would be there this year and we were.

I arrived on the 16th, ten days early to make sure all was in order which it was at the time, but a couple of hiccups ensued. In the end it all worked out.

I stayed at The Pack Horse and spent my days wandering around Louth promoting our event. I did a couple of ‘Pod Casts’ and ‘Radio Interviews’. Loony’s started to arrive on Thursday night and we all had a ‘meet and greet’ in town.
Many more arrived on Friday and we filled all the hotels and guest houses in town.

We were at the ‘Cobbles Bar’ on Friday night and after a few hugs and “hello’s” and “its great to see you again”, we got under way with a very entertaining local belly dancing team called ‘The Arabian Delights’. They were followed by ‘The Faux Fibbers’, and ‘The Stantons’ featuring ‘Gilly’, a last minute fill in, well done boys. And of course ‘Mr Badaxe’!

‘Ben Young’ the Landlord had some special beer brewed for us called ‘Loony Party Loitering in Louth’, it was very popular.

Saturday started at 12 noon with our usual town pub crawl, which got very quickly named ‘Loony’s Lurking in Louth’, but not without an early session of belly dancing from our ladies.

We started at ‘Bens Bar’, then ‘The Kings Head’ and then ‘The Joseph Morton’, Wetherspoon, where we met up with the Wetherspoon photographer in readiness for a photo and story in the Winter edition of their magazine. The current edition of the Wetherspoons magazine featured our conference in Louth on page 101!

After the ‘Joseph Morton’ we moved on to ‘The Pack Horse’, ‘The Consortium’, then back to ‘Cobbles’.

The Consortium is only a very small micro brewery pub, we now hold the record for cramming the most customers in at once.

During that afternoon we held our annual ‘Cabinet Reshuffle’ much to the delight of the people in the market square. Yes we found an old bedroom cabinet. The great significance of that shuffle was that ‘Barmy Lord Brockman’ shuffled his way out and became our newly elected Vice Chairman.

Unfortunately our chairman ‘The Jersey Flyer’ was unable to be with us although he did have a consecutive mini conference in Jersey for our ‘Isles of Deliberation’ members.

Later in the afternoon came the ‘Party Leaders Speech’, thanking all who had stood in various elections, and all who had kept the party up and running through recent times. Plus congratulating our six elected town councillors. All this was followed by a ‘Loony Party Question Time’ chaired by Stephen Carlton-Woods a TV presenter who was working in conjunction with the documentary crew, what great fun that was!

Our evening session took place at ‘My Fathers Moustache’ with The Faux Fibbers as our opening act  and then the much awaited ‘Dr Diablo and the Rodent’ show. As good and as loud as ever, the show is so clever that its worth the extra noise.

Everything was caught on camera throughout the three days by a Radio Alty team, (radio Altricham) from Manchester. They were led by our friend Peter Scotson. A documentary is to be made for TV.

It was a great success, thank you to our Lincs Loony’s, who are Arty Pole, Badger and Sarah Mad Cow. Plus, of course, Ben Young for his never ending support. Thank you to Julie at the Pack Horse, and Sharon at the Kings Head, for looking after us and all the lovely people of Louth, for joining in and making us very welcome.

An extra special thank you to all our members old and new, just for being there. Here’s to the next one, if I don’t see you before-hand!

Howling ‘Laud’ Hope – Loony Party Leader.