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.

The 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.

The 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!

By 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 its entertainment.

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!

After 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 sunburnt!

The 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 following day.

Monday morning 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.

However 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.

Caroline Curran.


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 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!

The 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!!

Saturday evening seemed to go well. At least everyone could hear Mike Cowan.

The Sunday 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!

     Dave Haslam attempted to take off, resulting in a cracked sump. Dip Stick award on its way.

      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.

     Overdrive.  Stuart 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?? Thanks Tony you always save the day.

KonKours Winners.

      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)

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