Party time in Tewkesbury as Holfie celebrates 50 not out!

Last week I asked Holfie (Andrew Holtham) whether he would mind if I rocked up at his 50th birthday party with my camera. He said “great idea”, so on Friday evening I headed for my favourite small town in Gloucestershire (Tewkesbury) – with my camera.

I took plenty of pics – although I wish I’d taken more – and I was going to bung them on Facebook accompanied by a few words of wisdom, however, I didn’t think that would do them justice, so here we go…

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The chap on the right is Dave Baldwin and he will get a mention in my book, and so will the Gupshill Manor (the venue for tonight’s party)
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Steve Huggins with his wife, Kelley, he’s my second favourite Huggins brother and he talks funny but he’s a top lad!
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Paul and Jess Huggins – “The buffet isn’t up to much, should we try Just Eat?”
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Emma Clarke and Kelly Holtham, referred to as ‘our girls’ by Cindy. They like Ibiza – lots!
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Emma and hubby, Ben
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Gibba! He’ll probably get a chapter all to himself!
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Apologies to Mark and Blanche, it was good to see them reunited, but they are slightly out of focus because of the glass!
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A contender for best photobomb of the evening…
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Mozza – soon to be starring in Scrooge at the Roses Theatre
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Baldy sneaks into another photo…
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And another one…
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One of these three was photographed with his cock out on the way to an England game in 1997, and he’s quite proud of it!
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It’s that shirt again – I have one just like it!
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Gibba was always fond of the dancefloor back in the Anchor days, as you can see, nothing has changed…
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I can’t remember which wanker (there are three in the frame) christened me ‘Ted Bovis‘ back in 2006, but the name has stuck and has been a constant source of amusement ever since!
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The bloke on the left has more nicknames than anybody I know, but he knows how to throw a party and his playlist was pretty impressive too!

Both of the blokes in the photo above will feature in my book and the one on the right – Billy ‘Buffer’ Dudfield – will probably have his own chapter (just like Gibba). He’s a colourful character and he sports one of the best wet look curly perms I’ve ever seen – even if he does have a passing resemblance to Sidney Smutt from Viz!

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L-R: Holfie, Baldy, Buffer and Little Dave – in the pic below they are joined by the ‘Oaf’!
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Bazza is pickled and we have another top photo bomb, this time by Mark Pringle!
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Top tunes, Millsy!
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A round of applause for the birthday boy from the packed dance floor
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How did those selfies turn out, Bazza?
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Louie, Lucy and Ditchy – where’s the after party?

There were many interesting conversations during the evening – including lots of Anchor memories – most of which couldn’t be repeated! The scarf conversation instigated by Killy was quite amusing – apparently he doesn’t ‘get’ blokes who wear a scarf as a fashion accessory!

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Apologies to anyone who doesn’t appear in the pics and also to anyone who does, and doesn’t want to! You’ll all get a mention in my book when I write it – I’ve already got the title!

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Thanks to Andy and Debbie for the invite, it was a bloody great playlist and a cracking guest list. Cindy was gutted that she couldn’t make it but our love for the town and all of our friends within it remains – see you at the Mop Fair!

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