A message from the man behind the HER 2020 and the first event .... Jay Basson
How many times have we all heard or said..... 'We should have a reunion'? Another good one we are all guilty of is..... 'When I worked at Haven.....'.
I decided to organise the first event to get some familiar faces together for a few drinks and a catch up. I set up a Facebook profile to get things off the ground and to my astonishment I had over 600 friend requests in under 12 hours and over 1200 just two weeks after I instigated it. And those numbers continued to grow..... Madness!
A few drinks in a couple of pubs in Blackpool no longer seemed appropriate given the level of interest or dare I say 'hysteria' the event had created. I am very fortunate to have one of the worlds most iconic venues at my disposal so decided to set it up as an official ticketed reunion event.
Two weeks into the project and we had a website, an accommodation web page, personalised email addresses, email update systems, a host, a venue, some possible acts and a small but very dedicated team of individuals giving up their spare time to help me to make this a night no one will ever forget
A bit about me.... I worked my first season at Golden Sands as male vocalist in 2003, I had a swift exit in the September of that season.... Some of you will have heard this story....
Me and the female vocalist backstage in 'costume' waiting for Smarty Party to start.... In boredom the park photographer took some photos of us in a range of different 'poses'. All very innocent.... Until a guest asked to buy her kids picture from the party straight away.... The SD card went in, the pictures came up and the rest as they say is history! And now we are Haven legends (as if I just called myself a legend 'RG')
2005 me and the aforementioned returned to Haven and recorded all of the rehearsal DVD's for Hollywoods, Funstars, Summer Sun, Viva Las Vegas and Piratemania and subsequently performed them at seminar.... What an honour. That year I was based at Hafan Y Mor.
2008 I was Ents Manager at Littlesea and came third in manager of the year which I was very proud of in my first season in that capacity..... In between the seasons I have worked in various bands touring the parks..... Dream Machine, 5steps2abba, Stardust Express, Frankies Monster Mash Review, High School Holiday, Esquire and Michael Ross and the Time Machine to name a few!
Fast forward a fair few more years and I'm now Operations Manager at Blackpool Tower, which has totally played in our favour. I just thought I would give you a run down so those of us who may have crossed paths in the past can go.... 'Oh that's him, I watched him shaking his arse to Ricky Martin in the Summer Sun rehearsal DVD whilst learning the show'.
I can't wait to meet those who I've never met and catch up with friends from previous seasons.... Make sure you come and say hi.... I will be the one propping up the bar.
In the hope that this becomes an annual event....
See you there,
the story continues with HER2020