I had been waiting for so long for November to come around and just like that, I’ve blinked and my week in Great Yarmouth is over!
With it being my big birthday too this year, I thought it would be the best time to just have one big birthday party. It was a bit of that but the thing that meant the most to me was to catch up with a lot of people whom I haven’t seen in 2 years.
A lot of people from the HRH community I’ve met via Facebook so to actually see them in person was amazing. People kept coming up to me, complimenting my show, my clothes or saying nice things to me which is a very humbling feeling. The community is such a loving and caring one and I never felt unsafe.
The HRH Awards night was amazing! Kicking off with the red carpet of course and this time, Simon Dunkerly (HRH photographer) actually managed to get a photo of me with my eyes open! Presenting with Jonni again was another fun experience and to see a lot of my favourite bands including, White Raven Down and Twister was a joy.
Over the weekend I grabbed quick chats with many people but not so many photographs which I am a bit bummed about. At least I can say I was enjoying the moment more than worrying about capturing it. The after parties at everyone’s caravans was just hilarious! Throwing satsumas at Jack’s head (Twister drummer), being screamed Tina Turner lyrics by 2 parts of the Wicked Jackals, arguing (well maybe more drunk debating) over the best era of Bon Jovi with Darren and Brian, talking to one of Chris Holmes tech lads (a Frenchman with a tattoo of a fridge on his calf) and wandering back home at 5am, those are the best parts.
I thoroughly enjoyed quite a lot of bands over the weekend, including and not limiting to King Kraken, Tigertailz (who gave me a wonderful birthday gift), Orange Goblin, White Raven Down, Ginger Wildheart, South of Salem and many more whom I overheard wandering (staggering) around.
Yet again, a week with the HRH family, seeing long lost friends and partying with old faces made me realise that life really is for living. I can be quite reserved and like my nights in cuddled up with the dog, but when you get those times to party and do what you love, those moments are priceless.
It made me immensely happy. Running off little sleep, plenty of coffee, enough nourishment to keep going but the high of fun was more than enough.
When you have little confidence in yourself and party with those you look up to (Caz Parker of MMH Radio being one of mine), just makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I know I use the same words to describe things but there is no other way to express it. A feeling you just can’t explain. I’ve come back with a new sense of myself and the direction I am wanting to go in, not just in my career but myself.
Maybe turning 30 has hit a different note but either way, a blistering time at HRH in between fire alarms, power outages, alcohol flooded floors and roaring voices! Roll on HRH NWOCR in January!