Huzzah! It may have been my fourth “first ever” troop, but this was my Induction Event and, since it was over a weekend, the first one where I got to be inside the lid. In public, at any rate…
Let me digress by mentioning the horrible, HORRIBLE, drive up to Inverness on the Friday night. There had been rumblings of heavy snow all week and sure as fate come the Friday there were tales batting about that the roads were in fact closed. Ironically they were fine until, just as I uttered the immortal words “we haven’t seen a single flake of snow all the way here so far”, the air (and more seriously the roads) turned white to such an extent that at one point it didn’t look like we’d even make it. Fortunately after hours of low visibility snails pace driving we made it to the very welcoming guest house arranged by Shane.
Next morning, bright and early with a covering of snow on the ground, we walked the stone’s throw to the venue, where two massive (I mean literally, they were bigger than size of our room back at the hotel) changing rooms awaited us, into kit and out to meet with the public. After a quiet start, things got much more busy and the were a huge number of requests for photo opportunities from both the punters and the convention exhibitors and guests taking us up until lunch time and the fantastic free grub that was on offer.
After lunch it started getting crowded (and this was a sizeable venue to start with) and the folks in costume took the opportunity to wander in and out of the main doors to cool off and find some space in which to tart around and gave us the opportunity for a nice group shot. I think everyone has mentioned the small chap in the homemade Biker Scout helmet, which a huge amount of detail had gone into, possibly a new recruit to the UKG in about 13 years time! What some of them (they know who they are) probably prefer to keep much more quite about is the bizarre encounter with the Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre which was caught on camera.
After a de-kit it was back to the hotel, and while the others took the opportunity to enjoy the Inverness nightlife, the upcoming costume debut before me started to sink in and my stomach started doing flip-flops that wouldn’t resolve themselves until the next morning when we got back to the venue so it was an early night and a troubled sleep for Sundays Stealth Trooping debutante…