What a fantastic couple of days, All I have done is drive, eat and laugh. The 2017 Coast to Coast was fantastic from start to finish.
I think everyone met and made some new friends or met up with some who they have known for ages and it was great to catch up.
Friday afternoon on our motorway system is always a challenge and add that to the effort needed to get away from the office it can become a nightmare very easily.
Take myself and Ann, She likes to be organised so I had all the rally plates and stickers delivered a couple of weeks before we needed them. You can imaging my delight when I couldn’t find the cable ties half an hour before we had to leave. She sat in the car while I searched for them. I didn’t find them and had to buy some more on the way through to the hotel. On returning home tonight I forgot about the mess I had made in my haste, It looked like we had been burgled, so I am in the dog house again.
After meeting at the Midland Hotel we decided on a meal at Frankie and Bennies would fit the bill and very nice it was too, we almost had the place to ourselves so it was like a private party. I must say that my shirts have become very tight around the midriff after this weekend.
After an early start sorting things Karl and myself kept a watchful eye on the weather which was looking very dubious at 6.30 but over breakfast our luck changed and a speck of blue sky appeared.
So 9.30 and the start of our road trip starts. All leaving in one minute intervals.
First stop of the Day was The Shap Wells Hotel a great place with lashings of Coffee and cake and chance to get some photographs
If I didn’t manage to catch you for a photograph I do appologise and will do better next year. I did manage to get some people leaving though.
After a spirited drive over the top for our next comfort break was in Leyburn at The Friars Head at Akebar Park for spot of lunch. The smile on the faces of people arriving was great to see, in particular Mo Perry who had a spirited drive over the tops with sightings of Deer and Grouse.
The final stop was at Saltburn by the sea, a fantastic Victorian Seaside resort. It was surprising to see people playing on the beach which considering the weather just before the start was amazing.
So all that remained was to get to our hotel for the evening and have another meal followed by the raffle and a great get together in one of the very opulent lounges.
All that remains to say thank you to one or two people. Firstly to everyone who came and made the event very enjoyable. To Karl and Tracy for the organisation, To Mick and Dawn for their donations of the Big Raffle Prizes and to everyone who brought something for the general raffle.
The most popular prize of the evening was the socket set who was won by Mark Gordon, apparently Carol said he had been practicing using it by trying to dismantle the radiator in the bedroom.
A special mention must go to Mo and Gill Perry who won the farthest distance travelled award.
To everyone who made me laugh and I can say that was most of the weekend a big thank you.
If you have any photographs that you want to add please feel free to send them through and I will put them up on the page. So heres to the next time, keep in touch if you have any Ideas for future events please let us know.