Post by greyweazle1066 on Jun 25, 2021 16:25:13 GMT
As this forum seems too have been in hibernation, see what you think of this, I've just seen that you could pay up too £375 for a meet,photograph and an autograph with Sir David Jason,or have a silver package for £255 which includes meet and photo without autograph, or if you're on a budget £55 will get you entry too the flat, presumably the film set, but no meet,photos etc. For those members who got too meet, chat and collect autographs from our beloved Catweazle actors how lucky we were,simply down too Carol and Garry and the sheer kindness of the actors. I accept that all money collected will be donated to the Diabetes charity. No thanks!!.
Thank you, and you are quite right Greyweazle. When you consider that our members were given the chance to meet, chat, get photos and autographs and spend all day with such amazing charming and so generous stars that gave up their time every year for as and didn't charge a bean like the above and actually most personalities of today, it not only makes the £20 membership fee outstanding value, but on a more sour note it shows up the members who try to get in withut buying a ticket to help the cost to the club to set it up! But with the emphasis on how lucky we were, I can not emphasis enough how obliging and wonderful these actors were to us. They genuinely enjoyed coming along, so we must have been doing something right. I think it comes down to the respect we had for them, and the love and adoration and interest that most of our members showed to them. I have to say that Gary and I never imagined the growth, popularity and numbers that have joined the club to get to the heights it has done. Being invited to the actual farm every year with our wonderful guests was something we could only have dreamed about happening back then. But if you don't ask you don't get and in the early months of establishing the club, I did an awful lot of asking, phoning and writing letters! Nearly all of which was fruitful and well received. So that fist weekend when all 5 guest where there in attendance, it did give me pause to see the smiles everywhere (especially Robin!) of them and the fans. I remember thinking, gosh, is this for real? and then feeling that the club had done something good for the real fans and that was what it was all about. The coming together and childlike chatter and fun between like minded folk, who refused to forget a truly wonderful program and era that was magical and will forever in our hearts.
The whole process of seeing actors and getting autographs etc has changed massively since I was a child. Back then, you'd bump into some personality or other and ask them to sign something for you, and they'd normally oblige because they acknowledged that were it not for their audience they'd not be where they were. I remember hanging out around stage doors for a sight of my favourite actors and on occasion they'd treat me to a drink in the theatre bar. I can't see that happening today as everything is so monetised. The fans are now a cashcow to be milked and I am now no longer interested in getting that autograph or photograph with someone I admire. I remember when it was different, more friendly and fans were seen as supporters rather than as opportunities to make a packet. The Catweazle events were 'old-style' and the actors, the writer and others were the cream of the crop. We loved them all and the nice thing is that they clearly knew that. Happy days.
I agree Alan, but I must also add that now people are making money out of them too. With my own eyes I have seen many letters begging Geoffrey for an autograph because "they love and admire him so much and would be so grateful and proud to have his autograph" Only to see him sign one and send it to an address. Then I see the same autographed photo being sold on ebay at a ridiculous price!!! That's how much he admired it!!! I made sure that Geoffrey got paid for each photo he signed for our club members to buy. He struggled because of his failing eyesight to be ble to sign things, so it made things even worse to see him being taken advantage of. We were blessed with our lovely cast, I think their view of what celebrities charge now, for what they themselves considered a pleasure as you say Alan, would think it rather "vulgar" to go to a convention and do it purely for what money it brings them. I remember Elspet having a go at me for giving her flowers or a gift token for coming along to our get togethers. "There really is no need to do this" she said. I said "for what you do for us out of the goodness of your heart and the pleasure you bring in so doing", well, it is just a tiny token of thanks and appreciation to you.