VFM’s Season Finale Mablethorpe
Once againVFMdecided to end the year withablast up the east coast to the Golden Sands Haven camp at Mablethorpe.
Now although the day started off moist to say the least, by the afternoon this had subsided – and for amid November event it was actually quite mild. Pre-sales had meant the camp was actually completely sold out by the end of October, so soon the site’s reception was busy as people checked into their ‘grade’ of accommodation. Once unloaded many made their way into the main entertainments area, and were met by the cheery faces of the VFM stewards who sorted out wristbands and information flyers for the weekend inclusive price of £20 – pre-ordered tickets were available for £15 for the more organised.
As the bar was already ‘flowing’ and background scooterist sounds were in the air, this is where most people met up and spent the lull hours until the evening entertainment kicked in. By 7.30pm the DJs had hit the decks and along with two excellent live bands, The Cheapskates and The Glammed, an evening of frivolity ensued!
This included quite a few people getting into the party spirit and donning fancy dress, so along with the porkpie hat brigade the dance floor heralded such sights as a tag-wrestling team and the complete Bay City Rollers – Shang-a-lang!
Next morning the parts fair had taken over the main hall. There was also an excellent ‘ridden’ custom show starting to form outside the entrance door. This included the usual classes, and it was nice to see a couple of fully customised P2s from yesteryear line up with the other entrants. In the bar an afternoon set by a youthful Elvis went down a storm, especially when his harem of lady admirers kept him crooning for almost three hours!
In no time darkness had arrived and people either returned from the nearby town centre pubs or from their chalets to fill the venue. Like the previous night, three rooms of music (Soul Room, Jamaican Ska Jungle and Main Lounge) gave everybody a choice of entertainment. Added to this two more live acts The Top Cats and The Dualers and it was another late night finish followed with the final plug being pulled around 3.30am; time for bed!
I know there is quite a lot of debate about the pros and cons of this type of event; yes it would be nice to see a few more scooters outside chalets. That said, the organisers cannot force people to get in the saddle, all they can do is supply a good venue with great entertainment which I’m sure anybody who attended would agree they achieved. Dinnertime Dave