The night started with the donning of t-shirts and, after a few adjustments with marker pens, everyone was branded with their names and in most cases, their favourite STD. All groups moved from place to place at their own pace, depending on the level of intoxication of the leaders, and some places got more of a look than others, merely peering into plain and fancy before heading straight to spoons where the drinks cost about half the price.
Reviewing the list of pubs from the Winchester walkabout makes me sympathise with one fresher I overheard asking “is this event actually organised?” as not all the freshers managed to see all the venues. However, the Freshers still saw the sights of Winchester as some leaders dragged freshers to fish and chip shops and even home for a few cheeky shots.
Wherever you ended up, drinks and conversation flowed through the evening. The t-shirts helped you avoid too many awkward encounters with the locals who all looked on as their view of the football on the TV was destroyed by swarms of freshers seeing the sights of Winchester. The bundles of energy were finally unleashed on the Port House, one of Winchesters two premier clubs, where the good times continued until the early hours.
Written by Mike Thebridge