May Bank Holiday, Skipton. 2nd to 5th May 2003.
Ken Broster has done it again, a superb weekend in Skipton was enjoyed by many Healey members from centres all over the UK.
weekend started with an informal welcome dinner which gave everyone the
chance to renew friendships gained on previous weekends, the men compared
cars and various repairs whilst the ladies simply enjoyed the chance to meet
fellow Healey comrades.
first morning allowed free-time to go shopping to Skipton, the sun shone and
plimsoll-clad Morris dancers provided the street entertainment. Rather a
strange sight to Lancashire folk, there the Morris dancers wear clogs!
lunch time most of the Healeys had congregated at a pub in Grassington. A
beautiful drive followed, taking us along a scenic route to Hawes and its
cheesery and back to the hotel. A reasonable finishing time allowed the
ladies (and the men!) the chance to have a leisurely bath or a snooze to prepare for the evening and
Former Yorkshire cricketer Mike Gowan did an
excellent after- dinner speech which every body seemed to enjoy and then time
was spent chatting and putting the world to rights!
M.S. - One of Mikes jokes : I remember my friend buying his wife a
fur coat. All he could afford was one made of hamster skins. Unfortunately,
when he took her on an outing to Blackpool, it took him over six hours to get
her off the big wheel!)
Sunday morning came much too quickly and before we knew it we were off again. The route took us up towards Pateley Bridge, past the only listening golf balls in the world, across the firing ranges at Catterick and to the lunch stop at Langthwaite . What a mixture! The weather had stayed mostly fine, tops stayed down and so the ladies arrived with the latest wild-abandoned hairstyles along with rosy cheeks- no blusher needed!
lunch we all set off again and our route took us towards Kirkby Stephen
through Hawes and over to Ingleton then back to the Falconry Centre at
Settle. A short run back to the hotel allowed another reasonably early finish
and a chance to complete the kon kours marking. Again at dinner that
evening, the ladies appeared refreshed and were complemented by very healthy
glowing men, despite the cloudy day somehow many of them had managed to get
dinner was followed by the awards, which are shown in the pics below. and
then came the disco. The ladies set the pace for the evening by dancing round their handbags and were soon
joined by budding John Travoltas determined to join in and have fun. It was
a hilarious evening and there were some very exhausted faces at breakfast the
saw many Healeys leaving and starting the journey home, about nine cars
remained and spent the day doing whatever they fancied.
I had spotted a Cuckoo Fair at Austwick
on Bank Holiday Monday and took Chris and Angie Davis, May and Ron Fitton and
fellow Northern members Denis and Margaret Austin to find it, only to find it
is on the 26th May, wrong Bank Holiday! Sorry folks.
a lovely lunch of chips, cheese and bacon, Yorkshire puddings and whisky
tasting kept us all occupied and out of the rain.
The weekend, as usual ended too soon, our thanks go to Ken and Kathy for their superb organisation and to all the people that attend and made the weekend a lovely friendly event enjoyed by young and old alike.
Click on the pics below to enlarge.
A batch of photos from the camera of John Ridyard now follows.
Picture captions provide a brief explanation.
And finally a few comments from the
event organiser, Ken Broster.
During the week leading up to the weekend the mornings started wet but had dried up by lunchtime. So when Friday morning arrived, yes it was raining, but no problem! I will leave it till lunchtime to set off. At 12.30 it was tippling down, gave in, put the screen and hood up and got going, that's a task on your own to start with.
The journey from Cheshire to Skipton was rather wet to say the least, that gap between the hood and the top of the windscreen!!! 2 hours of being spat at!
weekend started well with good food and wine, which was continued on the
Saturday lunchtime meeting. I have to say that the welcome received from John
Bootland of The Old Hall Inn at Threshfield was outstanding, I cannot
remember being made so welcome. Thank you John.
Having waved everyone off on their afternoon run with tongue in cheek (is it a bit far for a Saturday afternoon jaunt?) I set off on my own mini run over the hills. It cant have been too bad, they all arrived back at various times smiling!!
evening seemed to go well. At least everyone could hear Mike Cowan.
started early as normal, the coffee stop fizzled out, either we were too
early or they had overslept, we all moved on to our own agenda. Lunch was a
welcome stop at the CB Inn at
Langthwaite. The afternoon run back to Skipton via the Falconry at Settle was
eventful for some (Cracked Sumps).
Sunday night's dinner and disco went on into the early hours of Monday morning , so someone must have enjoyed it!
As with all these weekends they are not without their Mechanical Moments.
Richards Frisk's home made yellow mellow petrol mixture!
attempted to take off, resulting in a cracked sump. Dip Stick award on its
Bernard Jones Puncture, I have an inner tube any tyre shop open most difficult on Sundays and bank Holiday Mondays. Kwik Fit were to the rescue.
Self, I think it was, had a problem but storming Tony Walden opened his
magic bag Just happen to have a spare switch he says Does that man carry a full range of spares
for all models??
Best 100 = GSK116 Ivor Davies(Cheshire)
Best 100/6 = RAF735
Richard Frisk (Cheshire)
Best3000 = AHT 11
Mike Pye (Cumbria)
Best BJ8 = UCA81D
John Ridyard (Cheshire)
Best Sprite = VRD 7
Jean Griffin (Yorkshire)
Best Trim = AHT 11 Mike Pye (Cumbria)
Which car would you like to take home? = 100/4 RSK787 Tim Valentine (Lancashire Boy racer car)