Wakinyan rally 2010



Our third rally now and our previous landlords may have done us a favour forcing us to look elsewhere. Why? Because taking our little party to a more intimate venue and stuffing the action into an outdoor marquee made the whole thing feel much more like a proper little rally. A car park full of bikes, a field full of tents and a marquee full of good friends to Salutation MCC - enough said.

one of the chaps came up to me and said, "I'm feeling suicidal here, put something cheerful on - have you got any Cult?"

Just as soon as the karoake was switched on, the lasses were queuing up and already I knew I'd created a monster. It was all the girlie ballad shite, Celine Dion etc. (although a welcome turn of Allanah Myles improved things). Not that the singing was bad, but my hand hovered over the big red destruct button more than once. Eventually one of the chaps came up to me and said, "I'm feeling suicidal here, put something cheerful on - have you got any Cult?". It comes to something when The Cult are there to cheer you up.

Thankfully the band were due on and to the ill disguised disappointment of the attending crowd, Celine Dian was put back in her box.

Twin Lizzy kicked off Friday night with a thump a kick and another good thump, a tribute oufit in case you didn't guess. They put on an outstanding set for us - the only downer being the landlady's sudden u-turn on how long we can run the noisy stuff. Prior promises and assertions to us were dropped and the 11.15pm curfew was enforced. The decision to go elsewhere next year was made by this point and we've already got a bunch of options to look at. Twin Lizzy would have played on and we're gutted they couldn't - brilliant stuff, highly recommended!

Luckily, Biddy and Emily from BoF were on hand with acoustic guitars and they kept the entertainment going for just a wee bit longer, but alas, someone forgot to cancel the rain for Friday and being outdoors was getting daft - it gave us an idea for Saturday though.

by the end of it we had a Club President and the better part of BIA covered in mushy peas and several couples wandering about in each others outfits

Official silly games were not planned for Friday night, however nothing would deter our Foxy from stripping down to his grundies in order to cram himself into a pedal car desiged for actual and mental ages 3 to 5. Bless him.

Saturday and the good weather we booked, turned up. Good thing too, since the ride out to the Vic Pub was all the better for it. Evidently our path finder general didn't find the same route twice, luckily all paths from Warton lead to the Vic (and back).

While the 'growed ups' went for the ride out, we plumbed an XBOX360 into one of the sound rigs and ran Rock Band for a few hours - we'll do this again, if only for the bigger kids!

And so to the silly games. Given the space we had, this was always going to be interesting. However by the end of it we had a Club President and the better part of BIA covered in mushy peas and several couples wandering about in each others outfits (thank you Spider for delivering some of the victims) - job done!

After the games, the early evening weather was looking perfect - a clear sky was in place for the duration.

As soon as the sound checks were done I tentatively powered up the Karaoke again. This time it paid off, starting with Biddy and Emily picking somewhat cooler tunes, and some rockier gear from the kids later. We even had a nice UB40 number from one of the lads too. I'm sure we'd have had some blokes up for the obigatory "My Way" and "Delilah" but knowing the curfew restriction, we had to get the first band up for 7.45pm.

And the first band was: Peoples Republic of Mercia. We had them last year for a short set and that was enough to invite them back for a longer one this year. If we could, the set would have been longer still, but you know the score. It was toe tappin', thigh slappin', chuggin' stuff and it filled the tent with a crowd that was well up for it by the time the headliners Big Guns came on stage.

Not wishing to turn the music off at 11.15, I formed a plan. I lined up a bunch of tracks on the laptop and made myself scarce

We spotted Big Guns at BoF last year, but wasted no time getting them in for this year. They absolutely kicked the shit out out of the place with rock classic after rock classic after rock classic. Awesone stuff! No doubt they'll be lifting the roof off a Wakinyan Rally marquee again sometime.

Not wishing to turn the music off at 11.15, I formed a plan. I lined up a bunch of tracks on the laptop and made myself scarce - with strict instructions that only Shitename knew how to turn it off. A tactic which bought us another hour, but since we had no intention to come back I thought bollox to it.

This took us nicely to another acoustic set from Biddy and Emily - this time on a stage with some pretty lights. With additional tea lights on the tables there was a great atmosphere, with maybe 30 or so of us in attendance. A great finish for the night and indeed the rally - many thanks again to you both.

For us Sally's it was a successful weekend, we learned a few lessons, raised a few bob for RBL, forged new friendships and cemented existing ones. I could tap out a list of people to thank, some for doing, many, many more just for coming. But the list would be too long and I'm still bound to miss someone out. You all know who you are and trust me - your company was totally appreciated.

Shitename

Looks like a rally, kwaks like a rally...

Twin Lizzy

Twin Lizzy

Party Tent

Carbon Friendly Transport

Biddy from BoF

Peoples Republic of Mercia

Peoples Republic of Mercia

Peoples Republic of Mercia

Biddy and Emily

Big Guns

Big Guns

Emily from BoF

Formerly Taff Riders

Silly Games

Silly Games

Ride Out

Smile

I could crush a grape!

What has two thumbs, speaks french and fcks like an olympic champion?

Dust! Anybody? No? Dust!

Bring me sunshine...


If you want to see the full gallery of pics from the rally, visit the dedicated website and click yourself stupid...


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