#BrightonWithBoycie (My Birthday Treat)

The Ninth of November was my birthday and since August I had been waiting for this day because I was going to see John Challis.

John Challis has been showing his one man show all around the country. Two years ago I had bought the first book that he had written about his life, for dad as a Christmas gift.

We had all met John when we met Jake Canuso up in Bradford, Christmas 2015, and I had gotten friends with John on Twitter in the time since so he was glad that I supported him. I used to be scared of his character in Only Fools And Horses, but he is such a nice fella to meet.

Just after lunch on my birthday we made our way to Brighton so we could go around the lanes and grab a drink to kill some time before eating our meal in Ask Italian. Some drunk but very pleasant drunk in the pub came over to say happy birthday to me.

We went around the shopping centre and the lanes. I bought a VR thing endorsed by the science museum in London, so I know it’ll be decent. I just need to find the software on my Android phone.

For food I had cannelloni with sausage mix inside and a warming sauce. Pudding was gnocchi with Nutella in and I dip them in the chocolate sauce … mmmm heaven!

We made our way to the venue (Komedia) for the evening and as we went indoors I heard a lady shout ‘Sarah!’ – course it was John Challis’s wife, Carol. They were sat together eating cake… as you do!

John said happy birthday to me, we hugged and had a photo together – and we chatted about stuff. He told us he was staying over with a Benidorm actor… Tony Maudsley.

It wasn’t long till we were let into the venue’s room that John was to be in for the night. There are a couple of rooms in the venue and we were downstairs in the cabaret room. It was quite a large room with lots of places to sit – we went to the front !

We managed to spot Tony a few tables away at the back and I was quite excited. I really wanted to go meet him and at half time I went to see Carol and check it was him. Apparently he didn’t want to be noticed too much.

At the end of the show John said that there was a special friend in the audience (meaning me) with a birthday and I went on the stage and said thanks and hugged him. Think that maybe helped Tony to see I’m not a threat! The whole room sung to me!

After the show I went up to see Tony and shook his hand and chat. I talked about Twitter and dad said about Benidorm and such. That was quite a surreal experience and I thank him for taking time to let me talk. We then queued to chat to John and Carol and thank him too for the excellent show and funny stories!

What a night! Was a very special evening and I’d like to thank my parents for being my chauffeur for the day!

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