The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #71418 Message #1222078
Posted By: Dave Bryant
09-Jul-04 - 07:20 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Midnight Mail (Jez Lowe)
Subject: RE: Origins: The Midnight Mail by Jez Lowe
They were often known by names such as "the Honey Waggon" or "the Lavender Cart". At Canal Boat Rallies, we often have a "Lavender Boat" which makes a morning trip past the moorings - usually with someone ringing a handbell and shouting "Bring out your Dead !". Elsan/PortaPotti containers are then handed across to be emptied into the large tank carried onboard.
I can remember a canalside concert that took place at a Peterborough National Rally, using the tank of the Lavender Boat (n.b. Hesperus) as a stage. It has often been described as one of the best events "On a load of old sh*t".