What a busy weekend we Skinnies had. Friday afternoon we headed off down to Dymchurch for our gig at The Ship Inn. This was one of our stop offs on the Homemade Tour and fond memories were rekindled as we pulled in to find the following sign…
Elaine, landlady of the Ship Inn, was fantastic. She fed, alchohol’d us and gave us a couple of rooms to rest our boozy heads after a night of lively and noisy festivities. What started out as a couple of quiet tunes around a corner table escalated into a riotous party with singing, hollering and wailing! Everyone joined in as the beverages flowed.
We pulled out our beer stained book to capture the following comments from some of the Dymchurch locals…
“Nut F***ing Deep! What a good night!” – Doddy, Bullboy, Tink & Prousey
“Smashed it! Up there!” – Ryan, Sam and Coppens xx
“Fantastic night, brought Dymchurch to life. Please come back” – Sheila Savage
We sure woke up with high praise and hangovers ringing in our ears. After a good unhealthy fry up, we hit the tourist trail to the miniature railway which would take us on a very British ride to a very British, very barren and extremely bleak Dungeness. The miniature railway is one of those odd eccentric quirks that make you glow with nationalistic pride. It does what it says on the tin and took us on a 40 minute rather cramped ride to the end of the line. We spent all of our earnings on this little beauty so here’s a picture to give you an idea of the scale…
At the end of the line is a Nuclear Power station, an overpriced cafe and a seriously overpriced pub whose redeeming feature was definitely the largest key ring collection any of us Skinnies had ever seen hanging from the beams.
Anyway, onwards and upwards we headed back to the Ship Inn to pack all of our baggage and headed off to Deal to the Astor theatre to play at ‘The Private Widdle Social Club’. This was a belter of a night with laughs a plenty and some very friendly folk. Good to bump into a few people who’d seen us more than worse for wears at Lounge on the Farm festival last year and it was also good to hang out and sip incredibly hot soup (mouth still recovering) with the likes of the wonderfully charming musicians the Momeraths, the ever so dry comic Paul Foot and a whole host of other Deal folk. A special mention also goes to Will of the Cocos Lovers who put us up in his house last time we were in Deal without us even having met! Here’s some comments on our performance lifted from our beer battered book…
“Wow! Finished off the evening so well. Thankyou” – Loz
“Fantastic – Very Kappow!” – Rich (Left phone number for girl in the hat!)
“This is a comment from Paul Foot” – Paul Foot
Phew, starting to be able to ride the booze beast again. Bring on more training please… Oh yeah we’re playing in London on Friday night at the Garage in Islington. Anyway back to the real Deal. Really look forward to heading back soon… Watch this space Dealio!