When Nigel Leason decided to hold an “Allo Allo” night at Shanghai Sam`s Peterborough it was a must for at least one of the managers in the First Leisure Midlands Region to support him.
Tony Gorbert from The Traveler`s at Griffydam Leicestershire immediately volunteered. He knew of a rental company in Coleville that hired out uniforms, and he was determined to be an officer. Regional Manager Dick Child agreed to go to with him, so plans were made.
It should be noted that in the “Allo Allo” comedy television show, German officers were the subject of ridicule, and very easy to outwit.
Tony would only drive if he could keep his hat on, and being so tall had to open the sun roof.
Because anything over 50 miles per hour blew it off.
So it was a long journey, but one that amused everyone overtaking them, including police patrol officers.
Nigel was there to greet us. Unfortunately he didn`t watch much television, so came dressed as one of the Three Musketeers. Bless him – it was still French.
So what! The night was brilliant. Lots of people in fancy dress, everyone laughing and smiling, and a capacity. audience. The German officers genuinely were regarded as figures of fun – but strangely very attractive to the girls, who bought them endless glasses of mineral water, lemonade and colas.
They left the club with hundreds of Allo Allo catch phrases ringing in their ears – “I will say this only once” – “You stupid woman” – etc etc ……and set off for the A1 north.
But before they had reached the intersection, they were both feeling very uncomfortable from all the liquid hospitality! And matters became much worse traveling up the A1 at 50 miles an hour – so Tony could keep his hat on.
Discomfort evolved into desperation, until they had no alternative other than to stop the car and stand with their backs to the road like two men enjoying a Eureka moment.
“Why is that Harrier jump jet parked there?” asked Tony.
“We are at RAF Wittering, where the Harriers fly from.”
“Good Lord,” gasped Tony. “Here we are outside a military base dressed as German Officers in compromising circumstances. We could get 10 years for this! Come on. Lets get away from here before they arrest us.”
After further delay they climbed back in the car, and roared off……………. at 50 miles an hour!
Tony still refused to take his hat off.
What an event – the Allo Allo night at Shanghai Sams Peterborough – RAF Wittering and two strange German Officers – and a most inappropriate call of nature.
Allo Allo image from kanke.com