So many happy memories from back then, a few bad ones too (like getting "taxed" as soon as we got into this warehouse do in Manchester).
My favourite one has to be when we drove down to this equestrian centre somewhere near the M25 for a rave, only to have our fun curtailed after an hour or two by the boys in blue who were acting on behalf of a nation of shcoked Daily Mail readers and putting a stop to this dangerous decadence! Anyway one of the lads with us was this total monster of a fella, about 6 foot 4 and just as wide, honestly if you'd seen him in a town centre pub you wouldn't have gone near him, but of course when he was raving he was as loved up as the rest of us. When the bizzies turned up of course we all did a runner (we couldn't let them get their mits on our stash, pills were bloody expensive at the time - although totally worth it!), and one by one we all piled into the mini bus we'd gone down in. All except the monster, we had to wait for him cos he'd driven us down there!! Just as we started making alternative plans to make good our escape we saw him lumbering (running would be way wide of the mark as an adjective) towards us, coppers in tow. So he jumps in, and started up and drove off, not even knowing what part of rural England we were heading into, just some fields! When we had found some sort of main road and he got his breath back (quite some time!) he turns to the rest of us and showed us why the coppers were so eager to catch up with him - he'd only gone and stolen one of their loud hailers! Oh and the other piece of info he imparted was that he'd swallowed his whole stash. And believe me, that must have been quite some stash!!
What ensued was probably the funniest few hours of my entire life. This totally drug-addled nutter drove us around these home-counties towns first as dawn came up and later filled with Saturday morning shoppers, leaning out of the window making the most straight faced and serious announcements you could ever hear! Honestly you should have seen it! He was saying things like "We aplogise but due to an oversight residents of Bushey will be unable to use the toilet facilities today, as the drains have become blocked after a fight between Dr Who and the Cybermen" and all the curtains were twitching. Fuck me it kills me just thinking about it! Somehow we made it home safely enough. I never really knew the lad after that, I think he the plot in the end, wish I could thank him for that night and day though, amazing!!
Great times though, changed my outlook on life forever I think, so fortunate to be the right age to have experienced it!