Wow, what a conference, two reasons firstly to remember this one, it was our 30th and the 15th that our leader Howling ‘Laud’ Hope had officiated at. Some said that this was the best ever, but they had not been to them all to form an overall opinion, but I will agree that this was up there with the best.
Our special thanks go to Chris ‘Lord Offa of the Dykes’ Rogers and ‘Lady Catherine’ for organising the Venue and then to Charlie ‘What a Wonderful Landlord’, Anya, and the rest of the staff for making us most welcome. And of course, not forgetting Pauline, she was not with us in soul, but was in spirit, I’m sure. The whole weekend was performed in her memory.
I arrived on Sunday 21st Sept just to get things up and running locally, inviting newspapers, tv, radio, and generally dealing with the media. Also going round town and making it generally known that we are there, which always helps to break the ice. Hence organising the annual Saturday afternoon pub crawl, where the Metropole Hotel, Dickens Wine Bar, Hampton Hotel, Llanarch Arms, The Log Cabin and the Conservative Club in that order, all made us very welcome. We were escorted around by ‘The Bums’ the ‘Border Urban Morris Side’ playing there style of music and dancing in the street!
The music content over the conference was up to its usual standard, excellent. The Big Fibbers and Badaxe performing Friday night, with Gripper and the Gurnards featuring BB black Dogs ‘Dale Rowles’ & Molly along with the most amazing young Rock ‘n’ Roll that you have ever heard, ‘The Hurricanes’ featuring Zack, OJ and Jason still in their teens, on the Saturday night. A local Welsh group whom I’m sure wont stay local for long, the world awaits them! And of course our leader getting up and doing his usual spot. The Bums all being musicians in their own right, giving improptu fill ins, when necessary to keep the ball rolling!
The turn out itself was very interesting, the Rochdale Loonies, the Manchester Loonies, Lincolnshire, the Gower Loonies, Birmingham, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey and Blackpool plus a very strong contingent of various other Welsh members especially from Llanwrtyd Wells, Builth, Llandovery, if i’ve missed anybody I’m sorry. All were in attendance for the annual Cabinet Reshuffle, another great success, as was the leaders speech, all taking place after the pub crawl. It was especially great to see Dangerous Dave, he lives Gloucestershire way now, but was at our very first conference in 1984, he stood in Spellthorpe in Middlesex for a general election. All the usual suspects were there there, ‘Baron Von Thunderclap’, The ‘Flying Brick’, Mr R.U. Seerius, ,Lady HelenBack’, Lily the Pink, Knigel Knapp, Captain Chapplington Smythe, Rear Admiral, Fellatio Hornblower, Somebody called Cameron, and many more, who all joined in and sampled our own brew called ‘Monster Mash’ which was on sale courtesy of the Landlord.
Sunday, I stayed on another day to meet up with the Radnorshire CAMRA people who were interested in trying our Ale, and are looking into maybe getting a Welsh brewery to join in with our Co-ALE-ition range, plus a Welsh Cider, more on this as it happens !
All in all, as I said a very successful conference, and all looking forward to the next one, plans are ahead for it to be in Blackpool next year, I am going up on Mon 20th Oct for 5 days to see what can be arranged and will be meeting up with the Blackpool Gang, Tony Davies, Vince Cornwall, Knorra Batty, Andy Winneris and Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Before then though were all off to Clacton-on-Sea for the By-election on Thurs 9th Oct, I am the candidate and am moving in up there tomorrow Thurs 2nd , the others will be joining me next Tues and Wed. Remember, no matter how popular Nigel Farrage and his UKIP are, they have no more members of parliament than us ! ! ! !
The Howling ‘Laud