been to Millport before this trip... in fact never been to any
Isle of the UK for that matter... on a big boat for the first
time since the ill fated school trip to Paris in 1981, and strangely
enough... Barry was with me then too. He came with me on the
PX to accompany me & Gary to his first 'modern' day scooter
rally... a weekend away for him as it was.
The run from Dunbar to Largs on Friday to get the ferry was
fairly quick - quite local actually given that my last trip
was from Dunbar to Cleethorpes. Only having to stop once for
fuel makes it a local rally in my mind :)
got on the ferry and across to Cumbrae within about 45 mins
(including waiting time) - although we're told that on Saturday
there was up to 3 hours waiting time ! Phew. We wheeched along
to Millport's main drag in about 5 minutes and stopped at The
St George pub (where the Friday night & Sat afternoon entertainment
was to be) for a quick pint. There was only 4 Animals Fae Naboombu
there playing pool... quite odd as usually we're last in and
fighting for the bar. We found our digs soon after (basic campsites
not my bag baby) and were back out on the sauce fairly sharpish.
A pub crawl along the 3 main decent bars was fairly fruitless,
as we didn't find anybody else... I texted Skolar to make sure
I hadn't got the weekends mixed up. I then popped into the campsite,
and to my relief found a pile of folk including Bert & Snail
setting up their tents.
then to the St George Friday Do (after 2 or 6 pints in the local
tavern with the islands soothsayer... or so she told me).
A good mix of music was churned out and the place soon filled
up , bearing in mind it's a wee place. A good night was had
by all it seems until chucking out time at just after 1am.
afternoon saw loads more bodies on scoots arrive and as the
small traders stalls opened for business, a band from Ayrshire
called The Sessions played the usual standard scooter rally
covers... Jam , Stone Roses, Who etc. They were fine, but as
most folk drank outside the pub, they had a hard time with little
feedback from the small crowd watching. Still... well done to
the young lads.
sneaked of late afternoon to rest & eat before Saturday
nights frolics, which were in the Town Hall. The place was busy
from the off... with a mobbed bar fighting to keep up as the
punters poured in. A wide set by the DJ's in the first half
of the night went down very well, and then a couple of bagpipers
turned up with a drummer to give a quick performance... or so
we thought... 10 minutes later they're still there... a quick
thinking DJ spotted a small gap in their play and slapped on
Teenage Kicks to signal their time was up... phew indeed !
after The Jam tribute band The Underground Jam took to the stage.
I've seen 3 different Jam tributes recently, them, The Jamm
and The Setting Sons (not the band I was in , they were far
better). The Underground variant were good, and played a lot
of stuff not normally touched by cover bands. But if you only
play 1 band's material.. you have to do that to vary your set...
christ, our punk covers band even did Paranoid once !
For all i enjoyed their set, I still think The Jamm are a hard
act to beat, their shit hot. Any hoos...
their quite long set, the DJ's played for about another 2 1/2
hours to take us up to closing time again at about 1:30, but
this time it was ALL Northern Soul , bar one playing of Tube
Station. This led to around half the attendance bailing out
before 12am , which meant a quiter bar... every cloud eh...
I'd still have preffered a varied set, but all the peeps that
stayed had fun.
a jolly good 2 days, nice weather, breathtaking scenery and
good company, nice one.