Robot Rampage in Margam Castle

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It’s that time of year again with the Heroes and Legends Weekend at Margam Castle. This was our 4th year, back by popular demand. We had brilliant time again despite the rain. It was really great to see some old friends, like Doris Dalek, and make some new ones.

The Diamond Dust Crew at Margam Castle

The Diamond Dust Crew at Margam Castle


In this picture Martin is setting up the KATT. Kelly is using the microphone as the “voice” of the KATT. Ethan is making sure there is a clear pathway for the 8 Foot Robot Cat.

We’ve been regarded by Steve Speakman’s Heroes and Legends Weekend Event as “one of the 21 epic things to see“.

Ethan, Martin and the KATT

Ethan, Martin and the KATT


During the day, the KATT surprised everyone by bursting into song. It was a very busy day and most of us were doing our best to avoid the rain.

The KATT and Doris Dalek

The KATT and Doris Dalek

DJ in Llanelli

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I was asked to cover for another DJ in Llanelli. 
DJ Diamond Dust at New Dock Stars, Llanelli

DJ Diamond Dust at New Dock Stars, Llanelli

It had been passed over through two other DJ’s – It wasn’t a wedding, as I thought. It turned out to be a 30th Birthday Party. We all had a great time. There was even a photo booth. 

DJ Diamond Dust at New Dock Stars, Llanelli

DJ Diamond Dust at New Dock Stars, Llanelli

After food, photos and chatting, they all got down and danced. I even had a change to play some rock music.

New Dock Stars, Llanelli

New Dock Stars, Llanelli

Birthday girl’s LED shoes made the night. Mobile disco lights on her soles of her feet!

DJs in Swansea

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Tom was pumping out the party tunes at the Plough and Harrow, Llansamlet, Swansea for a 50th Birthday Party disco. It is a small, cozy function room upstairs. 

DJ Tom Hyatt in Swansea

DJ Tom Hyatt in Swansea

The acoustics in the room are really good and has a lovely atmosphere.  This gave us a chance to mix the music across the decades including some Rock and Roll tracks, a bit of classic rock and the new stuff.

DJ in Swansea with Diamond Dust

DJ in Swansea with Diamond Dust

I ran the 70th Birthday disco at Ford’s Club in Treboeth, Swansea. It gave me a change to go back in time with songs from the 1950’s,  60’s, and the 70’s. Nice.

Children’s Disco in Cardiff

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This was an 11 year old’s birthday Party in Tongwynlais Village Hall, Cardiff. The children enjoyed the special lighting effects and we played the songs they wanted.

Martin and Gareth Colwill

Martin and Gareth Colwill

It was a special gig for me as one of my old crew members was here, i.e., Club DJ Gareth Colwill. He was the birthday girl’s uncle. It was great to have a catch up. Since we last met he has been working as an Outside Broadcast Engineer with The Wave, Swansea; a Resident DJ at Liquid-Diva, Gloucester; a DJ at  Fiction and Vinyl Swansea: and also a DJ at Pryzm Bristol and Soda, Cardiff. It was a treat to see him on the kit. This brought back many happy memories.

Gareth working the kit

Gareth working the kit

Children’s Disco in Bridgend

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I had the honor of doing the end of year disco at Oldcastle Primary School in Bridgend. I found the staff we very happy to see me and we really welcoming. The children and staff were looking forward to the long summer holidays.

Mascot the Robot Dog in Bridgend School Disco

Mascot the Robot Dog in Bridgend School Disco

The Nursery class loved the music, joined in the dancing and loved the balloon models. The next on was Reception and Year 1. This was followed by a lively Year 2 and 3. Finally Years 4, 5 and 6 turned up with a list of current songs and knew their dance routines.

Mascot the Robot Dog had a lot of attention, so he was very happy.

DJ at Christening Party in Pembroke Dock

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We arrived at Club Martello, Pembroke Dock to do a Christening Party. The children were happy to chat and discuss their favourite songs. Even the grown-ups had some of their tunes played! Our show included a routine with the play parachute, some magic and the ever popular balloon models. Our MK 2 Robot, Mascot had a dance with the children and moved across the dance area and visited the audience further down the function room. Great buffet!

DJ Diamond Dust at Pembroke Dock

DJ Diamond Dust at Pembroke Dock

Abergwili Carnival and Fun Day in Carmarthen

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Ethan, Kelly and me had a rather wet but good day at Abergwili Carnival. Everyone braved the weather.

DJ Mart at Abergwili Carnival

DJ Mart at Abergwili Carnival

The boys ran the music and took requests to create a happy summer atmosphere in spite of the rain. We did loads of balloon models and many children joined in with the magic show. Mascot the robot dog visited the children in between the showers.

Abergwili Carnival with DJ Diamond Dust

Abergwili Carnival with DJ Diamond Dust

Children’s Disco and School Prom in Newport

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This was Kelly’s first gig. It was Pentrepoeth Primary School in Newport, Gwent.

DJ Ethan and DJ Kelly

DJ Ethan and DJ Kelly

Ethan showed him how to run the music. Kelly typed out all the names of Year 6 on the LED display congratulating the leavers on their achievements and wishing them luck to the “Big School”. They were absolutely brilliant at their dance routines.

Milton Keynes, Mat Irvine and Smallspace 5

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On Sunday 3rd July 2016, Alex and I travelled over three hours to get to Hanslope Village Hall, near Milton Keynes to attend Smallspace 5 which was run by Mat Irvine and Paul Fitzmaurice.

Martin with Mat Irvine

Martin with Mat Irvine

We are really grateful for the invitation to attend the event. We  met many interesting people and  appreciated all the tips and technical advice on how to improve our KATT! There were many British Science fiction models and props from Stingray, Fireball XL5, Blake 7, Thunderbirds and the original Doctor Who series.

Matt Irvine is well known as a Technical Consultant and Visual Effects Designer who has worked on numerous BBC Television programmes including: Robot Wars, Tomorrow’s World, The Sky at Night, and Tom Baker’s Doctor Who.

He created the first K-9 for Doctor Who in 1977. He appeared with K9 Mark III in K9 and Company and Elisabeth Sladen on Totally Doctor Who in 2006. Matt operated K9, Mark IV in David Tennant’s Doctor Who in “School Reunion”. He makes appearances at Science Fiction and Doctor Who conventions, often alongside K9.

8 ft Robot Cat at Milton Keynes

8 ft Robot Cat at Milton Keynes

Paul Fitzmaurice has a website, modellingtools.co.uk, which is well worth a visit. Modellingtools offer the personal touch and can answer questions by phone and email. They sell all the modelling tools and accessories to build models. Modellingtools attend a large number of model shows so people can see their goods close up.

Alex and I were privileged to meet the designer of the Eagle space crafts from Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999, namely, Oscar-winning special effects expert Brian Johnson.

KA-Tash-Trophe at Smallspace 5

KA-Tash-Trophe at Smallspace 5

13th Birthday Party Teenage Disco in Gorseinon

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This was a full works disco with UV lighting, smoke machine a new laser effects. We played the requests, chart hits and some cheesy songs to keep the party moving. Everyone had a brilliant time. And Wales won that night!

DJ Diamond Dust in Gorseinon

DJ Diamond Dust in Gorseinon