The weather for the Equator Barbeque is beginning to be almost as infamous as the event itself - but although rain may dampen our hair (a lot), we’ll never let it dampen our spirits.
The party began at 10:30 in the office, where everyone met and had a chance (before we were herded onto the bus) to admire one another’s Primark purchases made especially for the day. An area in which Stephen dazzled all competitors with his fetching Panda poncho. Although Neil and John certainly caused a stir with their matching North Face Jackets.
It was a very excitable crowd that arrived at Luss - armed with beers, sunglasses and heavy waterproofs; we were prepared for anything.
Or so we thought.
The speedboat journey to the island was picturesque, yet perilous for those who had not managed to visit a toilet before commencing their journey. However, we all made it through and became quite imaginative in our methods of protecting ourselves against unwanted rain.
Once we had taken shelter from the elements in ‘Bar Loch Lomond’ the Equator festivities could really begin; with flowing drinks, a crackling fire and an unsuspecting stag party who were soon incorporated into our midst.
Just as people had begun to heat up (or maybe began to form ‘beer jackets’), a select few Equatorites seemed to forget how cold Loch Lomond could be, and decided to jump off the pier and indulge in a refreshing swim. A few of the drier members of the party came out to spectate while holding the beverages and towels of those in the water; and also to take pictures to blackmail them with at a later date.
Once everyone had lost their blueish tinge the BBQ Buffet began, and we feasted on delicious burgers, hot-dogs and, of course, the now traditional hog roast.
The day passed in a blur of conga lines, Hawaiian shirts and questionable yet impressive dance moves led by the newly dubbed ‘Fun Time Paul’.
Before we knew it, it was time to leave and there was the usual flurry of collecting items and farewell tequila shots.
A couple of the boys from marketing devised a heart-warming way to keep one another cosy on the boat journey back, which was described as a ‘touching moment’ by all who witnessed it.
After a spirited and slightly unruly bus journey back to Glasgow, we arrived at the Equator Office where our day had begun – slightly more dishevelled than we had been eleven hours ago.
Here the party split up into those who went straight to their comfy beds to sleep off the day’s excitement, and those who still had a whole night partying ahead of them.
Sunday was a delicate day for everyone, and was followed by many Monday morning attempts to piece together the day’s events over strong black coffee and enlightening Instagram posts.
What we’ve managed to gather is that it was a brilliant day; full of mischief, laughs and the usual misplaced items. A massive round of applause to the steering committee for the astonishing feat of organising an indoor BBQ, and for all their hard work in putting #EQTRBBQ 2015 together. And of course an enormous thank you to John, James and Garry for giving us all such an incredible day.