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 Post subject: HawkEaster - hidden benefits
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2016 3:10 am 
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Please indulge me by reading this one, the tale behind it is quite touching. I should have done this year's ago but thought I'd put a shout out to the Seaton people, most especially to those at the Gateway.

Elga. Nigel and co. have put up with us for several years now (thank you) and while we're an aging mob there's some lively spirits there. What's not widely known is that they are good HW fans and deserving of much praise. They've kept the venue open and put it to most excellent use as a hub for the local community, hosting sessions for pensioners, films, arts broadcasts and many more activities. The work is probably arduous enough but they had to fight the local county authorities for right to use the building and facilities. I won't go into detail because It's a long story but, through determined effort, they've managed to secure the immediate future.

I don't know the detail but thought I'd share what was imparted to us this Easter and you'll get the idea.....

The bar takings from HawkEaster alone (less csts, taxes, etc.) managed to secure the future of the venue's cinema club, a chance to see films and meet people. We were told about Robert - a local character who many of us had encountered over the previous years. He was the one who'd walk through us as we huddled around between bands outside the venue, ranting and calling us 'hippy bastards' etc. as he wobbled off.

The Gateway organiser (Apols - I think it was Carol?) came on stage and told us about Robert. He was a regular guy who suffered injury then meningitis, never recovered and became the local character. Robert came along to social sessions and contributed, although his affectation meant at occasions like singalongs attention would be swiftly moved from him as he blurted out filthy versions of common songs to pensioner groups, etc.

Robert's passion was films at the Gateway. We were told he would turn up scruffy but with a tie very early for screenings, which were a highlight of his week. The picture below was posted by staff this evening of him after he arrived an hour early for the screening, and he had a cup of tea and a sausage bap then a film.

The Gatehouse asked for sponsorship (they said 30 quid from everyone who was there would secure the future of a year) so I'll try and post a link for even a couple of quid (a four pack of beer). I should also note here that Carol specifically noted that Dave and Kris volunteered security for the Gatehouse, so good on them. Here's Robert.....

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I must be normal........

I must be normal........

I must be normal........

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