Well Sunday saw the first of many STC committee meetings, as usually we spent the morning in the spa followed by a quick round or two of golf and a three course meal. A short meeting to confirm that all we have to do is copy everything from last year and turn up the Friday before the event to make sure that all the hired help do as they should, was held in the local watering hole.
YER WE WISH!!!!
Jude had been a member of the Stormin’ committee when I first started some 16 years ago, although she left the committee a few years later she still carried on supporting the event as a marshal mainly working in the marshals survival tent and was a good friend to all. Jude also helped out at many other MAG and Motorcycle related events including the Number 1. Jude will be sorely missed by many and our thoughts and condolences go out to Carey Douglas-Carnegie and the whole family.
It is sad to say goodbye to a friend and fellow member of the committee, but after several years of organising and running the Custom Bike Show, Tim has decided to bow out. This came as no surprise as Tim had announced he planned to leave earlier last year, but we kept hoping he might change his mind. Alas this was not to be! However after bribing him with a bottle of scotch, he has promised to stay in touch and, if he wanders into the event next year, may find himself taking some photos and doing the odd job or two.
Meanwhile all the best in your retirement from all at Stormin’ The Castle.
Just heard Al from Bikers1 has done a write up featuring some great photographs on what he calls his shiny rebuilt site. See it here
His new site may be shiny but he certainly wasn’t after offering to come down early and do some photos of the build up, only to get roped into every dirty job imaginable and a few it’s better not to think about. Oh! yes, and a few serious drinking sessions with Tank.
Well done that man.
Photos from Stormin’ the Castle 2012 Courtesy of Starshots and Tim Wilkinson.
Turn up Tuesday
Well today has been the real start; after the Bank Holiday, when most people including contractors have been putting their feet up, everything has started to happen at some pace. Jim, Mellissa and myself have spent most of the day in a van getting driven nutsby not being on site, but many things had been added to the shopping list after the weekend. First, we had to pick up the van and head down to pick up 30 black bins and a few hundred metres of piping for the water mains, followed by a swift few miles up to Washington (Macro); Newcastle (T-Shirts); Blyth (Bin Bag Liners etc.) and Ashington (cup of coffee) unfortunately this took most of the day. The dirty diesel that we had hired for the weekend didn’t like the hills on the A69/A68, next year we will head down the A1 and A688 one thinks.
Meanwhile as we tore up the tarmac, fortunately on site people were hard at work….the rest of the committee have arrived on site, and more and more friendly marshals have kindly turned up to help make the North East biggest Bike Rally what it is.
A few more traders have arrived and more importantly the ale waggon has arrived, from what I have heard they were warmly welcomed on site and promptly sited to start running the beer lines in place. The sparkies have arrived, got most of the generators and miles of cable required in place to turn this field into a fully illuminated city centre consisting of food outlets, Retail Park, shopping mall (Americanisation), bars and 2 live concert halls.
The last of the programmes have been rolled into black sacks for all of you to put your rubbish in, well, if you would be so kind. I am sure that the contractors picking it up and most importantly Barbara the sheep would appreciate it. The sun has shone on us today and the fencing has well and truly started, the feet have been positioned, the panels have risen, all that has to happen tomorrow is for the two sides to come together and battle until the metal binds.
Now is beer o’clock 23:00 hours and time to relax and enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere that has already began on site.
Relaxed but working.
Stormin’ The Castle Committee
Monday and the Bank Holiday has arrived, sorry for not updating you yesterday but as it was a day of rest we decided to nip out and grab a meal off site. However we didn’t anticipate the lack of WIFI at the destination.
Sunny Sunday saw the erection of many more marquees, Holy Joes’ has been sited along with the First Aid and a couple of the trader’s tents. The main show field had a haircut so as to not look so scruffy over the weekend. A few more of the committee and hand full of the dedicated marshals arrived to help us lay the miles of track mat we are laying in order to preserve the green, green, grass.
After awaking at 06 hundred hours on Monday, the elite on site team sprung to work via the caravan for a coffee or two. The water pipe work has been finalised and the last minute shopping list for the local hardware suppliers has been attentively written on the chalk board for tomorrow.
The Products stall has been expertly re-erected, however there was some slight concern at the spare parts in the box once we were finished. Power has been put into the survival tent because tomorrow yet more people turn up and volunteer their time to help make this event the success that it is.
We look forward to having a chilling pint with you on Friday.
Stormin’ The Castle Committee
Saturday came and went in a whirlwind of activity on site yet again. We have had the Iris stage erected by a top class team of marquee builders. We have handled the calls, e-mails and other sorts of technical messages we are now receiving.
Well thank you for coming to Stormin’ The Castle and once again making it a weekend to remember. The event has been another success and now we only have the main marquees left to take down and have a beer of course!
No, we only jest. We have arrived on site in force today – well 4 of us. Poor Jim Coxon has been here since yesterday as the main marquee was marked out last night. Today the offices have arrived and been accurately placed with the aid of a bit of rope and line paint.