Sammy and BM Bear back from Minehead
Well what a lovely week that has been. I have just been to Minehead for a week with 15 members of my family and a little red bear!!!!!
I drove down with my partner Neil, my best friend Ju and my god daughter Abbie.
We got to Butlins at about 1pm last Friday after a trip to Tescos for supplies as we were self catering.
The camp hasnt changed much since we were last there in October 05 apart from the demolition of the Beachcomber obviously.
I met on Bar Rosso with my little sister Jodie and her boyfriend Adam first and then we waited for our other sister Emma, her husband, mother in law and 2 children.
The weather was lovely so we went and sat outside The Sun and the Moon and the kids had a kick about and took in the atmoshphere.
We then all went to get our keys (or should I say cards!!!!) We were staying in Gold Self Catering on the third floor. The chalet was lovely and tidy, although we had no iron or dvd player. Now the issue of the dvd player was quite important as my friend will go back with her daughter about 9pm and settle her by watching a dvd.
I had to text Mary (the house keeper to tell her whether we had any concerns so explained about the lack of iron and dvd!)
We then realised we had no electricity till we worked out that the card that opens the door has to then be put in a slot hidden behind the door to turn all the electric on. This made us laugh as there is a huge Health and Safety sign opposite stating that if you leave the chalet then you should always leave a light on to prevent intruders...................how could you leave a light on when you had to take the card with you to get back in the bleeding door?? (Suggestions on a post card please???????) We only had two cards and I held one and Ju held the other as we both would leave venues at differnt times so we couldnt even leave the spare in the slot!
By this time an automated message from "Mary" had been recieved on my phone to say that my complaint would be dealt with shortly.
We then unpacked and got ready to go to Centre Stage. After about 10minutes the phone text again to say "mary would like to know was your problem dealt with adequatley" so I had to text back again to say that we hadnt seen or heard from anyone!
We then left the chalet and went to Bar Rosso for a few beers whilst the queue for Centre Stage died down.
This was one thing that amazed me all week-why do people queue for so long to get in this venue when they can wait till 7pm and walk straight in the door opposite Bobs Land and avoid the queues completely, This is what we did for the rest of the week and got loads of seats and 2 tables right at the front.
When we were sat on Bar Rosso my step grandma and her toyboy turned up-she was not a happy person. Having never experienced a Butlins camp in all of her 80yrs she sat and ripped the place to pieces.
I of course tried to reason with her and explain how good it was and that if she gave it a chance she would change her mind but she said it was too loud for her and left to go to the Highwayman! (She actually left on Monday, rather than Friday and said she would never set foot in any of the camps again-bloody snob!!!!!!)
We then went into Centre Stage and had a great night, my mum, step dad and aunty turned up about 11pm (they had to work before they could come down). Now my aunty lives in Florida and hasnt been to a Butlins camp for 40yrs and after she got over the shock of no Monorails and Chair lifts she soon settled down and loved the Remember When Show!
My aunt was amazed by the show and said that the music was something she hadnt heard since she left for America many years back-she was transfixed by all the costumes from the 60's and 70's and really wanted to put her kinky boots on and get up on stage!
It was a shame that Mad Martin was in Reds now but Red coat Adam was a good compere and we got thrown out about 12.30.
We got a kebab from Finnigans (bloody lovely) and headed back to the chalet to a DVD player but no bleeding iron!
A good first day had by 14 of us, a bad day for 2 of the party!!!
On the Saturday we woke up early and had a good breakfast in the chalet and proceeded to meet everyone on Bar Rosso, I had of course by this time text Mary again about the lack of the iron and the fact that the dvd player didnt work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was of course cup final day so we made the most of our morning and spent it at Bobs Land with the kids, on the Skyline and at the fair before oing to the sun and the moon to catch the game.
All of the lad dressed up with curly scouser wigs and we were very loud. Everyone was very drunk and ecstatic by the end of the game and so we went outside the Sun and Moon to have our own FA Cup final.
Here are a couple of pics of the chalet and Adam with his scouser wig on (sorry to any Liverpudlian members!)
More stories and pic to follow.............................
Never drink with some of the members on this forum unless u want to end up on a toy motorbike at 2am!