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Rally report from Wendy and Keith Wright

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Widdicombe Farm Rally 2012

Ron and Maureen Adams along with helpers Dave and Jackie Atkins welcomed eighteen vans to their Paignton Rally.

Welcome meeting was held Thursday evening and as it was Colin and Thelma’s Wedding Anniversary, we had cake.  Also, as David Bray was coming up for a birthday with a big fat zero in the number, we had more cake at another get together.  Delicious.

We came earlier on the Monday giving us more time to explore the area.  How glad we did, as the weather was fantastic, with sun every day up until Monday evening.  There are so many places to visit a short distance from the site, we didn’t manage to cover all of it despite arriving early for the rally.

We visited Paignton, Babbacombe, Brixham, Torquay and took the `Round Robin` trip which Ron recommended.  This consisted of a bus trip to Totnes, from there a river cruise to Dartmouth, a couple of hours spent looking round Dartmouth then a ferry hop to Kingswear, after that on the lovely old steam train back to Paignton.  A lovely trip in fantastic sunny weather. 

Sunday evening was the quiz results and Mary’s raffle which made £46. Jackie and Dave set the quiz which was naming groups of animals and birds and was won by Dickie and Annette Dawson.

To round off the rally on Monday evening we went to Paignton Zoo, for firstly, an interesting walk round viewing some of the animals, the head keeper was our guide, then a lovely meal in their restaurant.

Tuesday we and a few others left for home but many more went on to the Rally in St Austell.
A great time, we are sure, was had by all and a big thanks to Ron, Maureen, Dave and Jackie for making it all possible.

When returning to our car in Torquay we found a gold ring with centre stone in the road.  We thought it looked like a diamond and Peter Silverthorne confirmed it was 18 carat gold although he couldn’t confirm it was a genuine diamond.  We then reported it to the police.  Monday, the day before our trip home, a man rang and described his lost ring, which was evidently the same one.  We met him at Paignton bus station and handed it over.  He told us it was a gift from his grandmother 50 years ago on his 21st birthday and had spent two sleepless nights worrying about it.  He was so, so pleased to get it back.  The stone? It was in fact ½ carat diamond.

Widdicombe Farm Touring Park, Compton, Torquay, Devon

Thursday 6th September to Tuesday 13th September 2012

Organised by Ron and Maureen Adams

No of Caravans: 18

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