I have been attending counts at elections since 1964.
Normally candidates get to bed just as the sun's rays are bursting over the eastern horizon, lulled by the dawn chorus. Not this time.
At 9am, the last result was finally declared after two recounts, after 11 hours of most local government counters twiddling their thumbs.
The count was held up until 6am by some civil servant wanting to validate the AV referendum figures for the region. Every polling station was supposed to sit still and wait - and wait - and ......
It was the most ridiculous delay of the democratic process I have ever experienced.
What was even more ridicidulous was that the ward counts had taken place (otherwise we would probably still have been in Medway Park tonight!). Eventually Neil Davies, the Returning Officer and Chief executive of Medway Council, announced he had been given permission to tell the candidates the results - but not the people who had counted... and not the media (representing the general public, the voters if you prefer, 3waiting there to pass on the news to the world at large).
Ofcourse immediately he had given out the "confidential informal announcement" those sworn to secrecy told the rest of us.
Ridiculous? You bet.
Politicians are gathering in their private hideholes this weekend, trying to fathom out what happened to their campaigns in Medway.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats had expected a kicking from the electorate. Instead, there was the shock of increased personal votes and an increase in members among the Tories - and virtual annihilation for the LibDems.
Labour, by comparison, finally got Adam Price back in the chamber after years in isolation.
Rodney Chambers, leader of the Conservative Group and currently Leader of the Council, became increasingly cock-a-hoop during the night.
By comparison, Geoff Juby's bright yellow jacket and tie covered in playing card images began to look sicker and sicker as he walked from table to table.
One or two people were vitriolic. No more so than in Watling Ward where Tory and LibDem ladies will be side by side.for the next four years.
The comment that "I want to work with her…" never sounded less truthful.
It was a damned close run thing in Allhallows where the old brigade narrowly lost out to those seeking a more open parish council.
The results were declared with three of the Old Brigade (led by the current chairman, Yvonne Forrest) and five of the "Change Brigade".
One of those to lose hisplace was Peter Apostel, the quiet voice of reason on the council, who had tried to bring sense and sensibility to the often ludicrous behaviour in the village hall. Dibley? - eat your heart out.
It meant the likely end of Cross Park Association influence. Three of the association's committee left the council.
It also promises to be an interesting few months for the clerk, for the borough council's legal officers and for the new chairman.
For example, how will the chairman unite the council?
Is there a fly with a video camera who could oversee the discussions with the clerk?
And will the promised training to be given by the borough council actually result in all in the parish council to attend?
That has been the biggest problem at Allhallows: a failure to know what the rules are under which the parish council, its members and paid officers, operate.