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More Midlands managers pictures – with a very pleased Tony Gorbert

Have found even more First Leisure Midlands managers pictures – with a very pleased Tony Gorbert on quite a few of them.

Wonder what he knew?

The first picture is of Pat and Johnny West – doesn`t he treat her well – all these nights out!

Very knowing and thoughtful, expressions from Tony on the left, and Dave Keetley on the right.

Wonder if they had been talking to Steve Thomas???

Wendy is keeping husband Cameron Walsh Balshaw under control tonight. Not like the occasion when he took over the front desk at Derby Police Station!

And the time in Hull when he…. no – that`s another story.

We`ve sent Kevin from Seventh Heaven Doncaster with extra wine to try and get more info from Tony – but it just makes him look ultra pleased!

Think we are getting to the truth now – and why shouldn`t he look pleased?


All the pictures we taken on the raised back tier of the Cantonese restaurant in The Black Orchid Nottingham.

Hope you like them.
















Midlands region First Leisure office Christmas Party – no expence spared

It was the Midlands Region First Leisure office Christmas Party – no expence spared – photos were taken – and now we have memories revived.

Or have we?

We can remember some of the names – but others need to be refreshed – so for the record, all assistance will be appreciated. The venue was Cairo Jacks Sheffield

No one can forget Ian Bomber Harries in the thumbnail shot at the start of this post – and below we have Adrian Martin and Dave Howell

On the shot below from left to right we have Hillary from Seventh Heaven, Dick Child, Bomber, not sure, Tony Gorbert from the Travelers – then Andy Conquer from Peterb0rough

Next we have Andy Mac and Jason Smith from Cairo Jacks Sheffield

Johnny West and Angie Weston from The Pink Coconut Derby

Not certain of the everyone`s names – but we definitely have John Sulley and Trish Cosgrove in the middle

Linda (formerly Tony Spragg`s secretary – the cashier at Cairo Jacks – with Area Controller Alaister Braid in the centre.

Betty from the Slick Chick Derby – cashier  and the best agony aunt in the business.

Sorry guys – can`t remember – and they are so happy.

Another shot of Trish and John – she looks coy – but she likes his style

Maureen, cashier from Shanghai Sams Peterborough

Andy Mac`s team from Silks and Cairo Jacks Sheffield – probably waiting for everyone else to go home

Not sure how true the story is – but it is rumoured that one of the managers collected in the party hats and sold them to try and get his petty cash to balance.


Don`t forget to credit Locarno Boy if you copy any of the images


The lady from head office – and the very windy day

It was part of the Regional Manager`s duty to inspect the First Leisure managers` company cars on a regular basis – so the managers` coaxed, bribed and threatened their assistants into action, in the hope receiving the “Best on Car Park Award”.

On this occasion the managers decided that this should be a black tie event, and so begins the story of the lady from head office – and the very windy day.

Not only was it windy, it was also very cold, but this did not prevent the beautiful secretary Dorota from travelling Head Office with me to help with the inspection – and to present the “Best on Car Park Award”.

Unfortunately the evening dress she was wearing was adequate for the office, but something of a free spirit in the wilds of outer Leicestershire.

With the transport and managers all lined up – the inspection began – Dave Cahill from The Dome Birmingham, Tony Walker from The Pink Coconut and Molly Magoos Derby, Hillary Lockwood from Seventh Heaven Donaster and Matthew Clements from Shanghai Sams Peterborough each stood by their cars.

While Marie Burton from The Travellers at Griffydam (who did not have a company car) stood beside…….. a horse.


Amid a flurry of skirts and waving arms Dorota set about her duty, but because she could not find anything obviously wrong with the cars – decided that the horse should receive the award.

“Oh no,” said the Tony Walker. “You should first examine the car engines. Then decide.”

“Oh no,” said the other managers who had not had their engines steam cleaned for free by a customer. “Give it to the horse.”

But Dorota was having none of it.

“Bonnets up everyone,” she announced,  fighting strong gusts of wind and a rising skirt.

Clearly Tony Walker was the winner, despite calls for his disqualification due to inside knowledge, and for Dorota to inspect the horse`s teeth.

Tony won the “Best on Car Park Award”, amid a chorus of the others – and the event was over.

But few will remember Tony`s victory.

Although everyone will remember the huge gust of wind that lifted Dorota`s dress up to her waist, and absolutely refused her frantic efforts to retrieve it.

I never had any volunteers to help with company car inspections from hereon.








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