Eight cars made the annual drive through the Valley Gardens for the Big Picnic. Once parked the first priority for everyone was placing
chairs under the few
stalls for shopping, ice creams to keep us cool, the cars to view and music and Irish dancers to keep us entertained.
glorious afternoon was had by everyone on a perfect summers day.
Queens Head -
Seventeen members had a good meal out. The only problem being that portions are so large that many of us had only one course,
there are always those who
Thank you to Ken &
On the last Sunday in July the weather changed and dramatically so; it was cats and dogs.
Still some hardy souls braved the rain and turned up to support our neighbours.
It was so bad that they really had very few paying public through the gate and they called a halt to proceedings early
and presented prizes at 1.00pm. Thank you to the members who turned up for our club stand.
did not look promising as we met at the Millstones for coffee on Friday
It rained most of the way up to the Fat Lamb, our base for the weekend. Paul, mine host, was very welcoming,
us with our rally plaques and runs for Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday dawned warm and sunny and after group photos members set off either on the run or to walk the hills.
run was interesting and challenging to drive,
From Melmerby, the A686 road climbed the Hartside Pass to a height of 1904 ft, from where there were magnificent views
across the Solway Firth to Scotland. We dropped down into Alston for lunch, which Paul had arranged,
and then drove back to the Fat Lamb by going over the moors and down to Middleton in Teesdale.
was a much gentler day, heading to Acorn Bank gardens and Kirby Stephen.
thanks to Roger and Hazel for their organisation and wealth of information about