What a time was had up at the BSD Hellawine Jam last weekend. Greg and Brad Illingworth and I made the journey up to Glasgow early on Saturday morning, a light covering of snow had lay the night before around Newcastle up to the borders of Scotland. We’d seen two lorries spun round facing the wrong direction on the A69 within half a mile and started to think “is this really the best idea?”. Carrying on regardless and with the musical delights of Black Sabbath blasting on the stereo we continued North until we hit the spaghetti junctions of the Glasgow ring road. A quick stop in Asda for the greatest beer of the moment, Beer De Luxe and some vegetarian friendly produce we we’re ready to hit Unit 23.
I wasn’t really thinking about going to any jams this year but I saw a few days before hand on Facebook that Unit 23 had posted up some new photos of Hall 1. They’d just finished a total overhaul of the place, fresh new birch, a new layout and it was ready to be shredded for the weekend. Unit 23 were celebrating not only the annual Halloween party time but also the fact that they’d been around for ten years. Chick and the crew are probably some of the most dedicated guys in the industry, keeping this place going, constantly renovating, hosting some of the best jams and comps in the UK let alone in Scotland. They’ve got, in my opinion, the best indoor skatepark in the UK and they’ve got the most positive attitude ever!
Anyway this photo on Facebook got me hook, line and sinker and a few phone calls later and I was clearing the shit out the car and getting it prepped and ready for the trip. We arrived to a huge cue outside the park, loads of familiar faces and people I hadn’t seen in years. It was so good seeing everyone again, Sean Lafferty, Grant Smith, Will Smyth, Peter Adam, The Bruisers so many positive, friendly faces, I was buzzing seeing everyone. We got inside and the Halls and walkways were pact to the rafters. Lads and lasses dressed up for the occasion, bottles of Buckfast, stubbies and cartons of “cheps” (chips) in everyones hands with huge smiles and sounds of laughter and excitement filling the warehouse as riders kept blasted the new transitions. Skeletons, huge bottles of beer, Wingnuts, morph suits, guys dressed as cheerleaders and Teen Wolf were just a few of the hundreds of people who had dressed up, everyone looked crazy cool.
When the jam got underway the atmosphere inside was like that of a football stadium packed with thousands of fans coming to see their favourite groups play their final and ultimate gig. George who was on the mic kept power screaming every time something sick went down, he should be in a power metal group blasting out 80’s rock screams for a living. Anyways check out all the photos below and make sure you have a look at Dave Sowerby’s edit from the weekend when it goes live. It’s gonna be immense!!
Thanks for everyone who worked hard and non stop to get this jam sorted, the guys at Unit 23, BSD Forever, all the riders, the crowds, it was such an amazing time and I can’t flipping wait till next year!