Gayle Inspired to Let The Fun Be Gin in AngusNeil Hardie
Gayle Culross had been considering building her own mobile bar for a few years, but it wasn’t until a trip to Las Vegas last year that she was inspired to make it happen.
While celebrating her best friend’s 50th birthday in Sin City, Gayle met an older lady with an impressive life story who imparted some wise words of advice that stuck with her: “Scared money makes no money.”
On her return home, Gayle began searching for a suitable trailer with a specific vision in mind.
After looking all over the UK, she was thrilled to discover the perfect trailer, the vintage Rice horse box, just 15 minutes from her home in Glamis.
Inspired by the name of the manufacturer and the 1980s TV presenter, Gayle named the trailer Anneka.
With her husband Greg, she began work on the conversion over Christmas.
As a “labour of love”, they put their stamp on every aspect of the trailer, including painting the logo themselves.
The result was the Let The Fun Be Gin trailer, which is stocked with a range of local spirits, including moonshine from Angus Alchemy and gin from The Gin Bothy.
The trailer, which can accommodate two bartenders, is equipped like a normal bar, with everything necessary to serve up a great drink.
Although prosecco cannot be sourced in Scotland, Gayle plans to work with small, local businesses to source her ingredients, including local fruit and berries to offer a flavour of Angus.
Let The Fun Be Gin is already booking up with festivals, events and celebrations throughout the summer, with the mobile bar’s first outing taking place on Sunday, April 23, at Forbes of Kingennie’s Food, Drink and Flower Festival.
For the King’s coronation, Gayle plans to take Anneka down the road to Glamis Castle on May 6 to take part in the celebrations.
The prosecco and gin bar is also available for private events, such as weddings and birthday parties.
However, Let The Fun Be Gin remains a weekend job for Gayle, who works full-time as a communications officer at Angus Council.
As someone who enjoys interacting with people, working from home during the pandemic was difficult, so Gayle is eager to meet clients in person once again.
With the mobile bar, she hopes to bring joy and happiness to her clients.
“I’m looking forward to getting out and about to see what people think of the bar,” Gayle said.
“This is a bit of a hobby and a side hustle at the moment.
“I have no plans to give up my day job, as I still need it to pay for Anneka.
“But this is my little retirement project as well.
“I’m hoping I can be ‘gin-sufficient’ and retire off the back of Anneka.”