107 Erskine Hospital Motorbike Meet 2019 – 26th May 2019

Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 17:00

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TB-89909 Jenn Mair Biker Scout
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TI-13751 Christopher Crawford TIE Pilot – ANH
TK-6084 Stuart Thomson Stormtrooper: ANH Stunt
UK-1873 Ian MacPherson Spotter
UK-6275 Mark McCreadie Spotter

Mission Report
Although we’ve been attending this event annually since 2015 it was noticeably quieter in attendance by the public and bikers. Perhaps the ongoing constuction work on one of the sites previously used for the bikers to park and display their rides had set a limit on their attendance, but doubtless neither contingent were keen on chancing the weather roulette we experienced that day.
The location was overcast most of the day, although the couple of showers of soaking fine rain came and went so quickly by the time we found shelter from them on each occasion they were retty much over.

Curiously despite his short screen time, Greedo continues to be curiously popular with adults and kids alike with a mixture of shouts of “alien” and “Han shot first” throughout the day and twice comments of “you are my father” were directed at Vader I’m genuinely unsure if it was the same guy both times or a odd repeated meme.

There was onnly one incident to speak of. The occasionally gusting winds were having a dramatic effect on Vaders cape and at one point some kids hanging around the tea and coffee room in the courtyard clearly caught sight of the back of his undersuit. This then led to a short period where they were trying to run in behind him and pull the cape up.
I’m sure Al will be tickled to know his mesh ass chaps are as much of a source of fascination to the youths of today as Fortnite and avacados

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103 Erskine Hospital Christmas Market Opening 2018 – 18th November 2018

Location
Erskine Bridge Hotel, Erskine 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
In all honesty I don’t think I’ve ever come closer to walking out of an event as I did this day and the sad thing is it was all down to the attitude of a single stall-holder at the Christmas market.
Positioned as she was about three or four tables from the entrance she repeatedly criticized out presence as being unsuitable for children, apparently purely based on her own child who was across the corridor in a push-chair for the duration and not the clearly contrary opinions of the majority of attendees both young and old.
Indeed whenever we were in ear shot and complaining directly to the organiser that “Disney Princesses would be more appropriate for a Christmas Fare” to the extent that we were told on more than one occasion to move elsewhere in the building.

With it being most likely our last day of sunshine for 2018, the venue wasn’t set up ideally for costuming (face-clothed Jawas in particular) with the curtains in the main hall having been drawn which meant it was slightly too dark to navigate for the first few hours so I was very relieved when we eventually moved outside to loiter at the entrance doors.  Fortunately by the second half, the sun had dipped in the sky which meant the lights were on inside making it altogether a safer experience walking around the aisles…

The second half actually seemed busier at the outset, maybe people had bought everything they were after and had more time for photos, but it died off in the last hours and when some of the stall-holders started packing up I was grateful we called it quits as the heat was quickly getting to the unmanageable stage!

Personnel

BH-7240 Julie Sword Greedo
DZ-6275 Mark McCreadie Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
TK-18910 Brian McDavid Stormtrooper
UK-91810 Lynne McDavid Spotter

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101 Erskine Hospital Motorbike Meet 2018 – 27th May 2018

Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
On the Friday of the Lego Store May 4th event it had been noted that one Jawa was enough of a handful and two together would be a recipe for shenanigans.  Although my Ootini brother and I had briefly had a joint outing at the tedious promotional event for CMG (or whatever ShowMasters are calling their tat market these days…) it was clear that he’d had a lot more fun at last years Motorbike Meet and while I’d signed up just to spot, it didn’t take much convincing from my fellow desert scavenger to swap out.

As always we get a brilliant reception from the bikers and attendees at this event, our only mistake was separating the squad either side of the road just as the biker parade began meaning we had to wait for a lot of bikes to pass (and breathe in the resulting exhaust fumes) before we could make our way down to the main event area.

The three years I’ve attended this troop have been blessed with brilliant weather (even if it was a little too windy for hoods as you got nearer the river) and I’ll be very surprised if our Rebel Legion Jedi friend didn’t end up with a bit of sunburn that day.

Having “stolen” a womans bag at the start of the event I was surprised when she showed up towards the end of it asking for a photo with the two Jawas as a memento, proof if proof were needed that changing the sign up was a good idea!

Personnel

DZ-1873 Ian MacPherson Jawa
DZ-6275 Mark McCreadie Jawa
SL-77314 Alan Dalgleish Darth Vader
TD-35500 Brian Hannah Sandtrooper
TK-6084 Stuart Thompson Stormtrooper
UK-7240 Julie Sword Spotter

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94 The Erskine Motorbike Meet 2017 – 28th May 2017

Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
After the tiring tedium of the previous day I was all for pulling out of this event right up until the point we left the house.  Knowing full well I was unlikely attend as the Jawa I’d signed up as having had no time to wire the replacement sound board, my apparent options were to attend as Batman (scuppered by not wanting to be the only non-Star Wars costumer there) or a Biker Scout an outfit, damage to it aside, I’ve very much had my fill of these past few years – plus, y’know, it’s getting so there are loads of them now…
Almost exactly four years to the day of my last outing in it though, enough time had passed that I had entirely forgotten the unpleasantness of wearing my Stealth Trooper for any length of time and so it ended up being the costume loaded into the car.

Slight inclines aside, having attended this venue previously I knew it to be both relatively flat and confined enough that only the most catastrophic costume failure would curtail my trooping and fortunately the specified number of spotters had been reached for the sign-up that meant anyone having to go back to the changing area wouldn’t be dragging the whole troop in tow as well.

Although the sun beat down for the duration I was comfortable enough albeit after standing still in any one place for too long it meant a few seconds of adjustment for the armour to fall back into a configuration which allowed non-John Wayne movement to prevent trapping fleshy it’s between hard plastic edges!
My usual ROM fx, mic and speaker were still packed away with the TB kit but the spare seemed to have been set up ideally for my purposes and during the periods we were bombarded for photo opportunities I had very few issues vocalizing and being understood leading to the amusing exchange with two patient punters who’d seen youngsters jump ahead of them into frame at each opportunity for several minutes when I advised them just to push the kids out of the way as they didn’t have to be nice to them as we weren’t at Disney…

Overall an enjoyable all too rare outing for the UKGs first Stealth Trooper, although from what I observed the Jawa was having a lot more fun the whole time.  I really should get my finger out…

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75 Erskine Motorbike Meet 2015 – 31st May 2015

Troop Icons TB 2015Location
Erskine Home, Bishopton 12:00 – 16:00

Mission Report
Proving that you can never judge a troop by its intended audience, I don’t think any of us were massively optimistic for this event when we arrived to find the organiser unreachable after making our way through successive waves of leather clad bikers intent on denying access to any vehicle with more than 3 wheels to the site and the rock band tuning up over the PA system which had all the signs of rendering RomFXs totally moot.

Confounding expectations though there were a surprising number of children at the event (dogs too, how do they ride a motorbike anyway?) and there seems to be hitherto unexpected deep veins of Star Wars, Judge Dredd and Planet of the Apes fandom amongst the Scottish biker community.
This lead to non-stop requests for photos immediately on leaving the changing area – possibly a bit too immediately for my liking given that we were halfway across a road and there were till attendees arriving on their bikes at the same time – and for the duration of the troop.

It was nice to finally see our glorious leaders shit flinging ape in person at long last and have the emaciated form of Judge Death grace us with his presence

(punch line incoming)

in his Street Judge outfit*, even if he was smiling a little too much to accurately portray a stony faced lawman.

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*Do you see what I did there?  I cleverly equated the Old Git Hamilton with the undead super fiend from 2000AD because of their visual similarity and temperament.