Around 10.30 last night a car drew up outside a busy Indian restaurant in Leicester and out stepped a shaven headed figure wearing a hoodie. There were no paparazzi around as the hooded figure had a quiet fag. Diners were unaware they were about to be part of ornithological history. Fag ground into the gutter the hooded figure, Rob Fray, entered the Taj Mahal and approached a group of male diners… the first time since their split a few years ago that all the Leicester Llamas had shared the same room. At first tension was in the air as Rob sat away from his fellow Llamas, brother Richard (the Gallaghers have nothing on these two) and Andy Mackay.
Like all reunions this year, Take That et al, getting all three together required a lot of negotiation, about a week, and it seemed that Robbie would keep everyone guessing right to the end. He had, frustratingly, only left Sumburgh late in the evening and was whisked by limo from Birmingham Airport to the restaurant. Birders held their breath as a a few terse phone calls were received and right up to the last minute no-one thought it would really happen.
Aware of the magnitude of the occasion it was agreed to head to a pub for a more relaxed atmosphere. And then it happened, the years rolled away as the Llamas posed for photos for the first time since 2002. As you can see, after the split some tensions still remained.
Finally however the tensions melted away and they were back on form, laughing and joking and planning an assault on the IQ40 club. Move over Mr White, these cats really have the cream…