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Rally report from Kate and Malcolm Smith

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Barnard Castle Rally 2012

Doe Park is in glorious County Durham just outside Barnard Castle.(Barney)

There were 17 vans , booked on site, but due to ill health and family commitments only 15 units pitched, with some familiar faces and how good to see some new members.

We travelled up on the Thursday(missing the event on the M6 toll road,novel cigarettes have a lot to answer for) with no rain until we reached Catterick. On arriving at the outskirts of “Barney” we realised that there had been some rain.  Two police vans looking at a rather deep puddle, Malcolm went to look to see if we could get through,yes was his answer, so we proceeded,then to be told by said police that we were holding up the traffic!!!

Greeted on site by Alan asking have you come via Barney, yes we answered,oh Alan said we understood it as under 4ft of water, (shown on TV that evening),electric off on site due to thunder storm. Who needs electric ??

Thursday we started with the usual welcome evening, information given on what was on offer in the area. Plenty to do, in spite of the wet weather.

Coffee mornings were held inside the awning+tent, with members enjoying each others company & during the rally we celebrated two birthdays. Big one next year Mr President ?

Friday was a wet day, but Saturday,Sunday and Monday, were drier days, some went walking, others to see High Force which was very impressive with three waterfalls, unusual in the summer. Other attractions were”The Bowes” museum,gardens and of course Barnard Castle. 

Saturday there was a “castle” drive, with a fish&chip supper, held in the local Methodist Church hall, enjoyed by all.

Monday, evening we had the farewell meal, at  “The Fox & Hounds” Cotherstone. Delicious.

Tuesday morning, the Gobur owners', were off to their homes, or further “goburing”.

Thanks, to the rally organizers who made this such a success, despite the inclement weather. (glad we brought the wellies)


Doe Park Caravan Site, Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, County Durham

Thursday 5th July to Tuesday 10th July 2012

Organised by Alan and Brenda Barnes

No of Caravans: 17

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