I’ve never really been a fan of Hogmanay, well not since I got lifted aged 18 about 5 minutes after the bells and spent the night in the local cells. It is a long story and I will not bore you with the details, however I will stress that I was completely sober and eventually found innocent of all charges. Since then and until I got in tow with L I tended to avoid the celebrations. With L this was not possible as she rather enjoys this time of year.
Since M came along, what we have done is have our closest friends up for a meal and see in the New Year in the comfort of our own home. So tonight, I will be cooking, what on paper looks like a rather good 4 courses which will be critically picked at by 7 of our friends, one of whom happens to be a rather good Chef .
Another aspect to bringing in the New Year since after the arrival of number one son was to record Stuart Maconie’s excellent All Singing, All Dancing All Night which used to be on straight after the bells for 3 hours on Radio 2, as trying to listen to it was a bit ignorant when you had a house full of guests or so i kept being told.
I can’t think of a better way to see in the New Year than with some good northern soul, so with that in mind here are the “three before eight”, the final three tracks played at the end of every Wigan Casino all-nighter.
Tobi Legend – Time Will Pass You By
Jimmy Radcliffe – Long After Tonight Is All Over
Dean Parrish – I’m On My Way
All the best when it comes, as is said in these parts