| CYCLING HOLIDAY 1991
In 1991 Robbie Wilson and
I decided to go on a cycling holiday together. Friends said I was mad for
going, but we had a really good time.
The Holiday was to include the
18 Plus TAG weekend in the middle. This event took place at the Show Ground at
There were only a few Yorkshire members at TAG that
year, but there was quite a "Dossers" revival. We spent most of the TAG weekend
with Knotty Ash 18 Plus Group who Robbie knew quite well..
It was the
first time I had seen the "Dossers" "Shouters corner".
took the platform to ask the "Dossers" to move further away from the camp site
as people wished to go to slleep. People started to shout "Linda, show us a
sign!", to which she put out the flaming torch, to a chorus of "It's a sign!
it's a sign!".
I have been associated with the "Dossers" ever since.
| "The Bovis Skull"
The Bovis Skull was
introduced into the "Dossers" legend during the "Dossers" elections at the WASH
1995 weekend by John A Smith, (also known as "The Anti-Christ").
| THE DOSSERS ELECTIONS
Each year at the 18 Plus
WASH weekend the "Dossers" held their annual election to appoint a new
1995 - The "Dossers" "Anti-Christ" was persuaded
to rant at the "Dossers" elections, his rant was not "Renounce the Bovis!" as
in previous years, but "The Bovis is dead! only Edward Armstrong remains!", and
to prove the claim he produced the "Bovis Skull" for the first time.
1996 - The last "Dossers" election, this year Rugby 18 Plus presented the
"Dossers" with a new "Bovis Skull".
Kirkland, (see picture), and the bin were elected joint "Number One Dosser".
The following is an extract from the WASH 1996 Programme:
"The WASH weekend has become the official date of the annual "Dossers"
elections. The conferences, campaigns, speeches and rantswill all take place in
the Mariners Bar between Bands on Saturday and Sunday nights with the election
of Dosser Number One being announced on Sunday evening. Spare a few minutes to
take a look at this organised lunacy".
| "SANDCASTLES 1997"
Huddersfield 18 Plus member, John A Smith, also know
to the "Dossers" as the "Anti-Christ" created a skull & cross bones at the
competition organised by the Grimsby &
Cleethorpes 18 Plus Group in 1997.
The Skull is the sign of the
The "Bovis Skull"
John also attended the evening Disco
dressed as the "Anti-Christ" for the Leeds 18 Plus
The "Anti-Chris" a
|The "Bovis Skull"
attends Annual National Conference
Here`s the "Bovis Skull" at the 1999 A.N.C. with Huddersfield
18 Plus Group Delegates Paul Williams and Dave Sugden.
Annual National Conference
| Linda Street
I once had a conversation with
Linda Street, who was involved with 18 Plus for a number of years. She told me
that the "Dossers" shouting of "SESSION!" was not started by them at all, but
by members of the North West and Yorkshire Areas way back in the seventies.
It started at the 18 Plus Easter Holiday at Caister near Great
Yarmouth, a member would call at the chalet of a fellow member and shout
"SESSION!", meaning, it's time to go for a drinking session. This would
continue through the various chalets until by the last one a crowd would be
shouting "SESSION!" at the top of their voices.
When the "Dossers"
started in the eighties, they carried on the tradition.