Ripley Castle 2009
Midshires go to Yorkshire.
The Midshires mid-season tour was taken in Yorkshire this year, staying at the Lister Arms in Malham, high in the Dales.
Terry and Mave, Richard and Shirley, Colin and Di along with Eric and Chris had set out early, and had driven through rainstorms, whilst Russ and K had managed, by leaving late, to arrive with hood down.
As ever dinner was taken amidst much joking and laughter, lasting until the bar closed at 12.30. Colin came in for a little bit of stick for his recent television appearance ( try "youtube/sandwell car show/thousands"), and his desire to eat off engines.
Over breakfast we decided to go our different ways during the day, with visits planned to Fountains Abbey, Skipton Castle and Skipton market, and we also fitted in a pleasant pub lunch at the Craven Heifer before an excellent drive back through the picturesque Dales lanes ready for another fun-filled dinner.
Breakfast the next day was against the back-drop of heavy rain. Unfortunately local floods had delayed the delivery of eggs, but Christine, being of good farming stock, knew exactly what to do - she ordered an omelette!
Various visits again that day - mainly centered on Harrogate. A word of warning - do not be tempted to follow the Victorians and Georgians and "take the waters". We did and the foul taste is still with us!
We changed our dinner venue that night to the other hotel in the village - a successful move with a young waitress who was very photogenic, and took our joking well.
Sunday was the day of the Ripley Castle Show, and much cleaning and polishing was undertaken before an early breakfast, and a drive in convoy to the castle.
Eric Ellis was already on the stand with his Lima 2, and gave us a very warm Yorkshire welcome - as he joked, “Yorkshire must be the cleanest county in the country as it's washed at least once a day!" He was joined by our party of J72, Lima 1 and three Kallistas, and while we were putting up our bunting, flags and gazebo the remainder of the Midshires contingent arrived, Stuart and Lynn in their two Kallistas, followed by an excellent variety of local cars - Maurice and Irene in their J72 - Maurice is member number 7! - Tony Hulland with Phil and Sally Tucker in their respective Kallistas along with Viv Lewis in his M-registered K - surely the last of the breed (that’s 12 cars in total).
Visitors during the day included Graham and Katherine Milligan - looking for a Panther again - and Mark from Preston, a new member with a pristine Jubilee Lima S1.
The show was excellent, with a good autojumble, held in beautiful surroundings, and in plenty of sunshine. The arena was constantly filled by various classes of cars, the commentator doing a good descriptive job - until he mentioned the Panther kit cars then in the ring. Terry then took over the commentary gently explaining the popular misconception (popular because Terry mentioned it five times) about Panthers not being kit cars. Terry then added at least two chapters to Bruno's book before the commentator could get his microphone back.
We managed to eat our way through a huge picnic and drink copious soft drinks - nothing over 13 per cent - before Terry was called up to receive the "Best Club Stand" trophy - and thoroughly deserved it was.
Back for another fun-filled evening, with Colin bouncing the waitress on his knee until she announced her Grandad was only 52 - Colin is determined to be put on the sex register while he is still able. Terry and Colin had definitely caught the sun - mention was made of their similarity to a baboon's a--e, and we all had a healthy glow.
Yorkshire was a terrific trip, and hearty thanks to everyone there for the very warm welcome and great memories. We look forward to being invited again to one of your local events.
As to next year - who wants Terry's Itinerant Touring Society to support your local area? Get your requests in early!
*Terry’s footnote* As always the Midshires support by each individual is terrific & one which makes up a great local area group. Hopefully with this 2nd visit into Yorkshire we have shown that with a little effort & planning, then promoting to others via the club magazine & website. The north east Pcc members can do similar next year, go on give it a try !