Saturday, 18 October 2014

Sequins And Stockings... Part 2

Unlike last year, I haven't managed to attend any 1940's events through the summer.  This weekend saw the last of the year's main 1940's weekends in the lovely North Yorkshire town of Pickering, and knowing it was going to be the last chance to catch up with retro-minded friends, I made a determined effort to visit.

 It was a very early start from Manchester at 8.00am, which felt even earlier than usual considering I didn't get to bed until nearly 2.00am after the trip to Blackpool.  So, stockings and heels on, and a vintage coat over my dress to keep the early chill away, I managed to be ready for my companions to collect me.  It was a slow start to the journey, as there are currently endless 50mph limits on sections of the M60 and M62 motorways, along with thick banks of fog on the day of travel, but Pickering was finally reached at 10.00am as planned.  A decision to park at the Pickering showground was to be firstly, a poor choice, and secondly, bloody annoying.  The website showed 'Free Entry' - yes it was, as long as you paid £8 to park your car.  The Park and Ride scheme which offered travel between the showground and the town was free, though.  Oh, except for the £1 each way, which, for those who were camping for the whole weekend, made it somewhat more costly than expected.  I don't begrudge paying my way, but it all seemed a little underhand - the organisers should be truthful about costs - these events have to be paid for, but please don't pretend that something is free when it clearly is not.

The early morning mist was still enveloping the showground when we arrived, which gave a rather eerie appearance to the (so far) uncrowded morning.  Just in sight, away from the main path, a WW2 tank sat brooding in the quiet mist, whilst its crew readied it for the day.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
The stroll over to the main arena revealed lots more military vehicles and equipment - the showground would be hosting all of the re-enactments later that day, and it really did seem that an army had invaded.  Without the push and noise of the crowds, it really was quite spectacular in its stillness and detail.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
The main hall at the showground had a vintage fair, and I still had a look around even though I have more than enough vintage clothing.  There were a few more vehicles on display at the main hall, and plenty of food and refreshments on offer.  Feeling somewhat peckish, I was tempted by a small refreshment tent that offered a veggie sausage sandwich and hot tea and seating to eat them in comfort.  Fabulous.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
I decided then to make my way into Pickering town itself.  Away from the cold rising mist of the showground, the sun was out in force on a lovely October day.  The town was buzzing with re-enactors and visitors.  A brass band played in the warming sunshine, and groups of people gathered outside pubs and cafes.  It was lovely and relaxed, with none of the heaving crowds of some other events - the split between showground and the town spread the visitors around nicely.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
I managed to finally bump into some very dear friends, and, with us both being rather saucy, wasted no time in comparing stockings - much to the approval of the hoards of watching photographers!

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
A lovely lunch followed, and more ambling around the delightful town centre, content just to soak up the atmosphere of the day.  Sadly, by 4.00pm I was wilting a little, and it was soon time to head back home as the last steam trains of the day bid their own adieu.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Pickering 1940's Weekend 2014
So, lots of fabulous photos and even better memories of a great weekend.  It certainly made me promise to attend a few more 1940's events next year.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Sequins And Stockings... Part 1

It's been a busy weekend and today I'm resting... well, a little.  It started on Saturday night with a rare trip to Blackpool - more specifically, the truly fabulous Winter Gardens.  The last time I was here was in November 2012 for a Hot Rod car show.  This time around I was rather more hoping to be seeing some hot girls instead, at the first ever Burlesque Noir show.

Although the Blackpool illuminations were on (and I have bad memories of being stuck in the traffic the last time I was here) the trip north from Manchester was perfect timing and thankfully traffic was fairly light - possibly as it was a fairly early start to the show as the doors opened at 6.30pm.  The main draw was the inimitable Immodesty Blaize, a lady that I've never been lucky enough to see perform previously, although possibly the premier performer on the Burlesque scene in the UK and Europe.


Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool
 The early arrival gave me a chance to have a quick look at the Winter Gardens themselves, and I have to say I absolutely adored the art deco style of the building - there were glorious touches of elegance and stunning design everywhere you looked.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

The doors finally opened a little later than planned, and already there was quite a queue - the event had sold out very early, and many people clearly had arrived hoping to bag the best seats. Thankfully, I'd had the foresight to book VIP tickets, which not only gave reserved seating, but a table, wine, goodie bag (with Blackpool rock, of course), delicious cupcakes and table service!

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

It also gave a good view of the stage, which would come in very handy later on.  Before the show began, the early arrivals were treated to free chocolates, from Capt. Jack Sparrow and a very lovely mermaid, and performances by magicians and a fire-eating 'bearded' lady.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Burlesque Noir @ Winter Gardens, Blackpool
The show itself began at 8.00pm, and featured a plethora of top-notch acts from the burlesque world, including the very talented Kiki De Ville and the brilliantly funny Velma von Bon Bon.  However, the temperature (well, certainly mine) increased when the astounding curves of Violet Blaze (no relation to Immodesty!) hit the stage.  Her first act was centred around Cadbury's milk chocolate, and I'd have died a happy woman if I could have licked melting, sweet chocolate from her delicious bountiful curves.  Sex appeal?  She could fill Winter Gardens all on her own with the amount she has.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

That left the final performance of the first set to Immodesty herself.  Immodesty really does tick all the boxes.  Glamorous?  Gorgeous?  Astonishingly sexy?  Professional?  Talented?  Mesmerisingly beautiful?  Yes, all of those, and more.  She shimmered onto the stage, a modern day 50's glamour goddess in sheer sparkling sequined glory, and proceeded to disrobe tantalisingly and devilishly, oozing seduction and sensual sexuality.  Yes, she was breath-taking.  The other performers were fabulous, especially Violet and Velma, but Immodesty really put a different level to the entertainment, and it's easy to see why she has toured the world and entertained royalty and the glitterati with her performances.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

There was a short interval, mainly to calm and cool down after the performances, before the second bout of entertainment.  This mirrored the initial shows, and once again Velma von Bon Bon almost stole the show with a routine that involved three costume changes in her act.  However, as brilliant as the acts were I found myself waiting in excited anticipation for the arrival of Violet Blaze again.

Once again, she left me wondering if Immodesty could top Violet's performance, which ended with a dazzling and mesmerising display of tassle-twirling.  I found myself hollering at the top of my voice as her performance ended.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Violet Blaze @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool
I was left all heavenly hot and beautifully bothered as her chocolate caramel curves departed the stage, leaving the compere to announce the final act of the night - Immodesty once again.

This time she was resplendent in fiery red satin - a Las Vegas showgirl fallen to become the Devil's Temptress.  The very bowels of Hell couldn't have been any hotter than that stage, her dance enthralling a captivated crowd.  I'd have signed my soul away there and then for one kiss from her scarlet lips.  Astounding.

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

Dexi Delite Independent Escort - Immodesty Blaize @ Burlesque Noir, Blackpool

As she left the stage to yet another standing ovation, I was left with the feeling that, after watching Immodesty's performances, I'll never quite see anything to match it, nor see burlesque in quite the same way again.  This is truly how it should be done.

It was a rapid trip back to Manchester (thankfully avoiding the Illuminations traffic this time), as I had an early start planned for Sunday.... more of which next week.

This week's Picture Of The Week, a little later than usual due to my Sunday excursion, is a snapshot from Burlesque Noir.  It brings back some wonderful recollections from the night - it will be a long, long time before I forget the performances of Immodesty Blaize.