Well what an awesome do it turned out to be. It was hard work I can tell you. Helped by a lot of dedicated volunteers. It all started to kick off on Thursday night when we went up and marked the field out to get an iodea of where we were putting the marquees. Then off to pick up the caravan. Friday we arrived around quart to nine to begin unloading all the equipment. The fencing arrived and we unloaded that. Then the marquee guys arrived to start putting that up. We started to erect the fencing and created the access road.
The generators and and lighting then came and they had to be placed. Then the toilets arrived. Some of us then went for the stage and then when that came back, we had to unload and assemble ( now that was donkey work ). The caravan was brought up to the site and set up. The lighting was put up in the marquee and the more fencing erected. We had to bury the cables from the generator (health and safety bah ! ). We had to pick up the tables and chairs from the town hall and get the cones.
The bar was also brought up to the field. It seemed a list of never ending tasks, but we could start to see it all take shape.We had to finish the rest of the fencing and then set out the cones. The arrival of the sound guy made it all seem too near. I’ll tell you, those guys were perfectionists. A minor problem arose when the big generator failed, but a couple of calls got the wheels in motion to sort that. When the sound guy did his sound check , we knew it would be a good day. The day was coming to a close and we were all ready for a rest, let me tell you. Bed time and a few of us slept up there to make sure the equipment was ok. Up and at ‘em bright and early Saturday for all the last rush jobs. Replacement generator arrived, and all our signs were put up. lots of running round to ensure we had everything in place. Beer stocked and float sorted for the bar. Sound system in place and sorted and Stuart L came and set up his drum kit.
We set up our green room ( and yes it was like a proper green room ), passes. And then it’s time, jeez it’s flown by. Security arrives and our marshalls were briefed ( and without these people there would have been no event). Then it was a case of running round and making sure everyone was OK. It seemed a never ending round of trying to keep up with toilet paper and bins. The night wore on and it just got better and better. All finished off with the fantastic Great pretnder and HRH. What a climax. A bit bit of tidying up a quick drink and then bed.
Sunday was more of the same, but it was a bit of a more chilled day, the weather tried to ruin it, but it failed. The people that cam, came for the music. It was a very eclectic mix on Sunday, and it was enjoyed by all. We started taking down what we could on Sunday, you probably noticed us taking away fencing etc. We knocked of early on Sunday and went for a couple of deserved pints.
Monday, everything had to come down, fencing,stage, marquee. Stuff had to go back. Monday seemed such a long day. Everyone was totally shattered. It was really really hard work, but in the end we enjoyed it. We all genuinely hope you all enjoyed it.