The 2015 On the Buses Jamboree Event

 

And so the 2015 On The Buses Jamboree comes to an end. Before going on to summarise the event I'd like to thank those that made this event possible such as Sullivan Buses, Milly's the Bakers, all the staff at Fairway Hall, our canteen staff on the day, Robert our co-organiser, Cliff our photographer, Steve who runs the fan club, Steve Lilly with his artwork, George with his memorabilia, Kevin and Jordan the sound men, all of our attending celebrities and Ray for his work on the Sunday event.

 

Now to the event and it was a day where improvisations worked quite nicely I thought. The bus tours normally are done in two parts to allow one trip aboard the antique Routemaster but this year two newer vehicles were used and so a changing of buses was not necessary and improvisation number one came off I feel as both tours blended into one and good time was made. It was also quite amusing as both bus tours crossed paths on a couple of occasions.

 

For our celebrity slot I felt Ray Warren's interview with Phil Campbell (Hammer Runner and author) went very well and was very interesting. We had to improvise with stuntman Roy Scammell who could only stay for part of the event and so Rob interviewed Roy before the rest of the celebrities came out and that worked well too. I really enjoyed my behind the scenes chat with Pat Gavin and Roger Ferris and Roy Skeggs was great to listen to during the Q and A. And the fans really enjoyed questioning Anna, Andria and Phil.

 

I was pleased as well that we were able to screen a classic episode of On the Buses which I think went done very well. Also it was great to see the Pamela Cundell Tribute Video (compiled by our photographer Cliff Harris) so a big thank you for your hard work Cliff. It was also great to be able to fit in the rare interviews this year which I hope everyone enjoyed and helped keep the event moving along right up until closure of the event at 5pm.

 

Personally, a great way for me to unwind on the Saturday evening was in the company of the BBC Elstree Brass Band at The Ark Theatre at their Armed Forces Night Concert. Wonderful entertainment - as it always is. 

 

We had to improvise an event for the Sunday following the cancellation of the Reels of Laughter event and at Fairway Hall we had a morning with memorabilia on display supplied by George Darlow and his dad. Thanks guys. Also a raffle run by Ray Warren and I was present to get feedback on our event. Sadly, the weather contrived against us for the only time in the weekend as the walking tour was carried out in persistent steady rain. Hopefully, those present still enjoyed our walk around Borehamwood town centre seeing filming locations that featured in On The Buses, The Champions, The Likely Lads, George and Mildred, Rising Damp and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) among others. Afterwards it was time to refuel in a local pub where much hilarity ensued thanks to Paul Welsh MBE whowe appreciate greatly for attending despite not being in the best of health.

 

Sunday evening was a time to unwind and reflect on a fun weekend and share our memories. Lots of laughs were to be had with old friends and new but sadly all good things must come to an end.

 

If you would like to share your photos on this site of the event please email them to caledoniancraig@outlook.com

 

Thank you to everyone for attending and we hope to see you next year.

 

 

Craig Walker (Organiser)

 

 

 

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