Sat at home on Sunday afternoon, I have taken some time to reflect on this year’s Primary Rocks Live event. I am lucky enough to be part of the team that helped to organise the event.
When the tickets sold out in under 2 minutes, I felt a mixture of emotions. First, was shock that it had happened. Then, excitement that people were that keen to come to our event. Finally, I felt a little anxious as it meant we would have to pull off a fab event to repay people’s enthusiasm.
Many months of planning, preparing and organising later, the eve of the event arrived. I headed over to Medlock Primary to help with the set up. we carried chair after chair (they just kept coming) into the hall, moved tables, put out bags – Sophie’s list went on and on. Eventually, we were finished. It was earlier than in previous years so then we started to think about what had we missed and whether people would actually come. That evening, I headed off to the pub with Mike Watson, Graham Andre, Tim Head and Rich Farrow. This is a Primary Rocks Live tradition now – the pre-match beers if you like.
Waking up to a monsoon, we hopped into the taxi and headed back to Medlock after drying my tears from laughing so hard at Graham’s shellsuit. Ask me about the story behind it and one day I might tell you. A few people started to drift in. Tim Taylor arrived and I expressed my worries from the evening before. He said, ” Bryn, people came through snow last year so a little rain won’t stop them.” When I came back from grabbing a quick brew, the hall was half full and people were queueing at the lanyard table. I guess Tim was right. The buzz had started too, people exchanging smiles, laughs and hugs. There was a wave of love and positivity building which was something to observe.
This same atmosphere remained throughout the day. In the keynote speeches, it was an underlying theme. When i drifted in late to a couple of workshops (sorry about that), I was greeted with a smile. People in the workshops tweeted positively about what they were seeing. Even the rain caused a few laughs. I haven’t smiled and laughed so much in one day since….last year’s event.
The tidying up process was another brilliant example of the love and positivity in our Primary Rocks community. Loads of people chipping in to stack chairs, move chairs, pick up rubbish and move tables.
When I got to The Garratt pub, I stopped and looked around. Everywhere I looked, people were chatting happily to each other. Laughs and hugs were all around. It was a love thang, baby.
On a final note – how good was that hot pot?