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Rally report from Marjorie and Tony Peacock

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Ripley Rally 2011

Setting off for the first rally of the year (excellently organised by Alan & Margaret Shankster and ably assisted by David & Margaret Bray) we wondered what clothes to take, finally deciding on ones for cold weather. What a mistake that was, as Friday, Saturday and Sunday were as warm as any summer’s day with Monday and Tuesday being slightly cooler, the wind having a chill to it. Hardly noticeable in the beautiful countryside around Ripley with the gorgeous daffodils blooming profusely on the bank sides.

Our rally organisers had done an excellent job organising the weather, and even to having endless hot water in the showers. The difficulty was trying to turn them off - I wasn’t complaining as on most sites the shower button has to be pressed every few seconds to get a decent shower. There was a good turn out of 21 outfits with most arriving on Thursday for, as I’ve already mentioned, the first rally of the season. Thursday evening a meeting was held in Alan and Margaret’s awning to inform us of the events that would be taking place, eg Mary’s raffle which she has run ever since the Gobur Owners’ Club started. We also had our coffee morning meetings with old and new friends in the awning, to catch up on their news and discuss which interesting places to visit.

Saturday night we went to Killinghall Village Hall for a fish and chip supper and a White Horse Beetle Drive, which was good fun as none of the horses looked anywhere like the ones you see in the fields! Half way through the evening we were served piping hot fish & chips, cooked outside in a mobile van, followed by desserts, which were lovely gateaux, provided by our hosts. Monday came round all too quickly.

Our last event was a visit to Ripley Castle and gardens. We hope Mary & Derick, along with Sue & Peter, have recovered from their walk - of what seemed like half the estate, along with the gardens. The castle was most interesting with its priest’s hole and armour from around Oliver Cromwell’s time. All this was followed by a pleasant meal served in the Castle’s Tea Rooms.

To quote David Exley’s words ‘this has been an eventful rally’. First Maurice Clare had to go home on Sunday, after fracturing his kneecap; Keith with Pat very kindly returning his van to his home in Derbyshire. Next to return home early was Joyce Naylor, who fell and put her shoulder out. Last was Colin Lister, who had to return home as his daughter was ill. All these incidents did not distract from this being a really good rally. Thank you again Margaret & Alan and Margaret & David for a perfect rally.

Ripley Caravan Park, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Thursday 7th April to Tuesday 12th April 2011

Organised by Alan and Margaret Shankster

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Carousels at Ripley - taken by Carol West