Auf Wiedersehen, Pet @ 30 — September 2013
Tyne Idols were well-chuffed to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. The following is an extract from the Press Release at the time.
Geordie Pride is building as Newcastle gets set to celebrate 30 years of one of the region's best loved TV exports. Tyneside will be back with the boys again as many of the cast, writers and producers join fans in in a unique celebration of the iconic TV show, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.
The Auf Wiedersehen, Pet weekend will begin on Friday 20 September with a themed Treasure Hunt around NewcastleGateshead's pubs and clubs as a taster for the weekend. On Saturday 21, there will be two ticketed events. The first will be in the afternoon at the Tyneside Cinema where the results of a fans' poll will reveal their all time favourite episode together with a special screening. There will also be a rare opportunity to pose questions with writers Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement, the show's creator Franc Roddam, and director Roger Bamford. [Continues below...]
A "Brickies Banquet" will take place on the Saturday evening at the Hilton NewcastleGateshead Hotel. The evening will have a 'construction theme' and will feature a potted 'history of the series' with live and filmed anecdotes from the cast and famous fans of the show. The weekend convention ends with a Tyne Idols guided bus tour of TV and film locations around NewcastleGateshead including places used in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads, Spender, Our Friends In The North and many more. All profits from the convention will be donated to the Sunday for Sammy Trust.
Actor Tim Healy who played Dennis Patterson, one of the famous Geordie Mafia in the series, is also looking forward to the convention. "It will be great to be back with the boys again," he said. "We've all come a long way since the series started but it's a show that will always be in my heart and soul."