Its rare for yours truly to find himself on the receiving
end of a camera lens so I was flattered when ‘2 Feathers’ invited Lips
and I to participate in a ‘fun photo’ shoot at the Sutlers emporium at
the Triangle in Bournemouth as a final jolly jape with ‘Fagin’ &
‘Hyawatha’ prior to their impending departure for San Francisco on the
As a veteran of many fancy dress parties at rallies I figured dressing
up as a cowboy would be a walk in the park. I hadn’t reckoned on the
meticulous attention to detail Nancy – the ‘production director’ would
lavish prior to letting the lens man loose.
Having assessed each individuals ‘character’ she then set about out
fitting you into suitable costume (I was a ‘gambler’ - not
the 'undertaker' in case you were
wondering) . However dressing only two at a time it took well over an
hour before the eleven in our group were suitably attired. The girls
were particularly impressed with their showgirl gowns and the guys
even more so with the uplifting effect the corsets had on their assets.
Whilst others are getting kitted the cameraman starts shooting couples
and smaller groups as a prelude to the full blown group shots
brandishing a variety of impressive guns and props against suitably
authentic Western backdrops .
In the course of shoe horning him into the undertakers coffin Ray was
permanently christened ‘Woody’ as a result of his uncanny resemblance to
the Pixar character in 'Toy Story'.
Its not particularly cheap but the camera mans compositional skills and
attention to detail were impressive and as a ‘one off’ it’s a good
Afterwards it was all back to our place for a few sherberts and one
final group shot for the album in our HOG colours. You can follow the
ongoing US exploits of 'Fagin' & 'Hyawatha' by
You can also contact Sutlers on 01202-296692 and tell ‘em
Snake sent you !
Snake NF HOG 211