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Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 2013 - Copyright Franc Roddam, BBC, Carlton Media and ITV
The 2013 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Convention weekend has been and gone, and what a weekend it was!
Over the weekend of the 20th of September, 4 events were organised to celebrate 30 years of this iconic show. Stars of the show came from far and wide to join in the celebration. On the evening of the 21st, the ‘Brickies Banquet’ brought together Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Julia Tobin, Melanie Hill, Lesley Saint-John, Val McLane, Franc Roddam, Ian la Frenais, Dick Clement, Stan Hey, Roger Bamford and Tony Charles for the first time in years, to help turn the weekend in to something very special for fans who could attend.
The biggest surprise of the night was for the writers of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Ian la Frenais & Dick Clement who were awarded for their Outstanding Contribution to Comedy and Drama by the Royal Television Society North East and The Border.
Stars who couldn’t be in attendance because of work commitments, made sure they made the effort to record interviews and segments for fans to enjoy. Tim Spall, Jimmy Nail and Christopher Fairbank spoke about how the show has changed their lives over the years.
‘The Hut’ was mentioned and how it wasn’t cleaned for 12 months, and became almost unbearable to film in during 1982/83. We also got to hear from the cast about how Gary Holton and Pat Roach’s deaths affected their lives. A touching moment from Kevin Whately brought tears to the eyes of fans who were there.
The biggest cheer on the night was for……Lesley Saint-John!
After meeting her first on the Friday night, I was telling her how big of a star she was to myself and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet fans. Although I think Lesley didn’t believe me, the roar of the crowd when she was introduced was massive, and enough to prove me right!
Below is a selection of Nikki and Lesley Saint-John’s pictures from the evening.
Ian la Frenais & Dick Clement get a standing ovation from the Cast, Crew and Audience in recognition of their Royal Television Society award.