Leaving the UK
After a couple of hours, we set off again and after a short while, stopped in the Cotswolds for chips and found a layby to park up in for the night. Sadly, it was a noisy evening as trucks flew past shaking the van, lesson learned and would pick our spots a bit better in future.
Then the short drive along the coast to Brighton, and we find our way to the lovely Kay’s flat and park up the van. We soon got chatting and then with us parked outside for the night, we don’t waste much time getting to the off licence for some drinks for the evening!
After the train to Victoria, we caught the tube to Finsbury Park and met Sarah in the Twelve Pins pub. A few drinks later and we walked the short distance along to the venue and seen them all sitting inside. We walked in and it was lovely to see the surprise on Hannah & Dans faces (along with Laura) as we just turned up out the blue.
What was amazing about that night was that there were several people who hadn’t told her they were going, so one by one people started arriving and there was huge hugs and a few tears as our festival family gathering grew - Lisa, Clive, Dave and Gaz all arrived, and it was great to see them all there and it was set to be an amazing evening of music with even more amazing friends there to watch it with.
Sadly, the night was over all too quick and we had to rush off after the gig to catch the last train back to Brighton, which now had a replacement bus service for half of the journey, so didn’t get back to the van till after 2am and it was straight to bed.
We headed into town a bit early and had a few drinks in some of my old favourite pubs in town before heading off to meet David at a pub near the station. It was good to catch up with him and after a few beers Sadie and I went back to the van as we had an early start the next day to get the ferry!