Sunday, 11 October 2009

Buzz Hawkins at the Tempest Arms

What can I say? Another brilliant night from Buzz, well attended, and enjoyed immensely by all who were there - all but one that is! (More about him later).
As expected the Tempest proved to be a great venue, with just enough room to seat the audience comfortably, and despite the fact the place was already heaving with people wanting to dine we were made very welcome. They also provided a great little "Lucky Bag" for everyone who bought a ticket, crammed with lots of those sweets that everyone remembered from their childhood - sherbet dips, flying saucers, penny chews. In fact I'm eating the paper off a black-jack as I write! Buzz as always was on excellent form, but I've come to expect that anyway. Despite the fact that I'm writing this early on Sunday morning, I've already had some great feedback from members of the audience too. BUT - there was just one person who did nothing but whinge. He'd travelled up from the Midlands and was staying in a pub in Eastby. He got into conversation with my wife - and just moaned, and moaned and moaned. He started having a go at me first;
Miserable git: "Is that your husband, the bloke from the radio? Huh, his voice sounds a lot younger than he looks!"
Wife (ignoring comment): "Where do you come from?" Miserable git: "Burton on Trent"
Wife "Oh, I've got relatives down there, they live in Meir" Miserable git; "Meir? what a sh**hole that is!"
Wife (ignoring second rude comment): "Where are you staying tonight?" Miserable git:  "A village called Eastby - that's a right sh**hole too!"
EASTBY??? He must have discovered another Eastby that we don't know about - it's a lovely place, nestled just below the fell on the fabulous run across from Barden to Embsay, with a marvelous pub too.
Anyway, back to the conversation, by which time the wife was losing the will to live. By this stage I'm playing a Michael Buble track as background music
Miserable Git: "Does that radio station play Michael Buble then?" Wife: "Yes" Miserable Git: "Bye then!"
But that sadly wasn't the end of the conversation; his final remark was to start "slagging off" the Tempest. He reckoned he couldn't tell whether it was a pub, a restaurant or a leisure complex. Now I know I'm likely to be fairly defensive of the place, but the most recent accolades - and the two packed car parks - must surely speak volumes by themselves. It's literally just been voted the UK Food Pub of the Year too, and justifiably so. It's warm, friendly, extremely comfortable and very, very popular. But this guy was having none of it.
Miserable git: "This place is also a "sh**hole" and the food is far too expensive".
Now MG, if you're looking for the sort of food you obviously enjoy, might I suggest a little "Greasy Spoon" on the A1 near Newark - as you head back to where you belong! I'm SO pleased you enjoyed your trip "oop north" but I'm sure you'll forgive me MG, when I say we're very, very glad to see the back of you! Oh, and by the way, can I suggest you take back a couple of Yorkshire beers with you, to show them in Burton how it should be done!
By the way, our "Up close and personal" tour with Buzz Hawkins moves up to Gayle Mill near Hawes next month. It's on the 14th of November, possibly with a matinee on the 15th, depending on how ticket sales go. We're also hoping to put on a show in Sedbergh or Kirkby Stephen, and either Richmond or Catterick Garrison - but PLEASE  - only enquire about tickets if you have a sense of humour - and if you're from anywhere in the Midlands you WILL need an entry visa! Keep listening to Fresh Radio for more details.
Top; Buzz chats to Alf Bradshaw has he takes a bath.
Bottom; The Tempest Arms on one of those extremely rare occasions when there was space in the car park

POSTSCRIPT: It would seem (from a phone call I received this morning) that the gent in question DID enjoy the show - it's just the rest of the world as we know it above Doncaster that he despises (and Meir)!


  1. Crazy Dave AndersonSunday, October 11, 2009

    as a front row seat holder i would just like to say what a brill night we had. haveing told matt i would take him as a birthday treat we did not know what to expect. when a friend of mime heard that we were going i ordered him a couple of tickets as well.
    matt is only 12 and was the youngest there he realy enjoyed him self, his face hurt with laughing so much!!!
    we are all really looking forward to the tv shows.
    the bloke that you had the miss fourtune to get stook with did have a face like a slapped arse on a cold day!!!! had i have heard him moaning i would have had to put him straight i thing matts singing smiling and laughing might have made his face crack.
    we will be booking again to see him and this time i will be bringing the wife as she missed out on a fab night.
    many thanks for getting the tickets james is was a good night out that will be talked about and rememberd for a long time to come!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks for the comments Dave - glad you enjoyed it. The next show is in Gayle on the 14th of November (see above)

  3. Hi James, just a note to say thank you for a brilliant night at the tempest arms with buzz hawkins. Myself and my partner jackie were with crazy dave & matt and we have not laughed as much in a long time,our jaws were also aching. Regarding the southern softie, think dave said it all.Many thanks, Richard.

  4. Thanks Richard - I'll pass your comments on to Buzz!

  5. Well done Buzz yet another excellent night to be had. After Buzz being warned about my laugh thought I had better stifle it a bit to avoid embarrassing my husband, son and friends that were with me!!! Although by now they are used to me!Had I not felt unwell I would have shown them! But what a tonic. Thanks James for a wonderful night. Ta ra just off to get the paper out of my teeth from the black jacks!