One early evening as is normal for me after a day with the children at the Camillian Social Center Rayong I was sitting having a coffee at the Camel pub BanChang when I received a phone call from Woody of the Jesters.
He told me that he had a friend visiting and asked if it was too late from them to pay a visit to the center. No I said no problem I will meet you back there in ˝ an hour.
Woody introduced his friend as Jimmy and said that Jimmy had once played with the Yardbirds. The Yardbirds I had heard of in my youth but it was not my music at the time or even today so I knew little about them. I showed Jimmy and Woody around the center and introduced them to the children that where all very busy doing home work and I am sure they were very glad of the distraction. At that time I had no idea of the importance of our surprise guest and some picture where taken but they all turned out unusable. After a tour of our facilities I persuaded Jimmy and Woody to stay for a little supper with us.
For an hour or so Jimmy listened very intently to the story that I portrayed of the center, he was seemingly very impressed by Father Giovanni Contarin’s work here in Thailand with the poor sick people and children in this part of the world. He even stayed and had a good Italian Coffee after supper listening to further stories of the work out here.
During all this time I was babbling away I had no idea of the importance of our guest. For which, on reflection I am sure Jimmy was grateful. It was not until I had returned to the Camel Pub in Banchange and asked Quinny the manager there who this guy might be, a Jimmy that once played with the Yardbirds. Quinny is very knowledgeable about music and many other sporting subjects. So after a while he said it could not have been Jimmy Page of world renowned Led Zepplin fame? Naturally this sparked my attention so I gave Woody a call. Yes they where having a good chuckle having successfully made a visit incognito to the center.
So Jimmy it has been a while since your visit? How about it when are the children going to see you again, and this time how about jaming with our teenage Coffee Shop Band.