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Area Report - July '12
Our annual show, at the end of May was again hugely successful and attended by some 170 vehicles over the weekend. A brilliant weekend was had by all as we roasted in two of the hottest days so far this year. 

A separate report can be seen on our Wheels & Wings Website www.wheelsandwings.co.uk/

Almost immediately afterwards a considerable number of groups went over to France for the annual D Day anniversary and subsequently met up. These including Simon Robertsí party travelling on the Condor Express fast-cat ferry from Poole to Cherbourg whilst others crossing the channel included Ivorís party, John Grayís family, Ray Dobson and sons, Tony Pearson and Hugo Hunter.

Based in Angoville au Plain, Simon along with others took part in the Liberty March in full kit getting rather warm in the process. Green lanes took on a whole new meaning as the groups tackled some with undergrowth as high as the jeep. Sites visited included Pegasus Bridge, the Hillman Bunker inland from Sword Beach, Le Grand Bunker Museum in Ouistreham, and Arromanches.

John Gray met up with his French pal Bertron for a half day tour of local sites. His wife Helen, earlier in the trip, had to read the English translation of a re dedication of a memorial in Angoville to the assembled dignitaries and public. Well done Helen. Photographs in France © Mike Hemingway.
Brian reports on another great weekend at Nev's at the end of June. On top of his usual Saturday evening hospitality, Sunday was a fun day with our first ever motoring Gymkhana. Simon, thrashing Brianís jeep, won but he did have the help of a superb navigator apparently. Note itís planned to have another Gymkhana next year.

Simon Roberts, clearly having a busy year, was our man in charge of vehicles at the Valley Gardens, Harrogate, 40ís do which raised £3,000 for Charity. Armed Forces Day saw some members at the Armouries in Leeds whilst Melvyn Bean found himself on his own at the Piece Hall, Halifax, 40ís Day despite the organiser being promised of a number of vehicles.

Sadly, the atrocious weather took its toll on the Yorkshire Wartime Experience that Stuart Wright and Ken Pugh had put so much into organising. It went ahead despite the sodden ground and mud. Parts of the arena programme took place, and the band and singer were enjoyed in the large marquee in the evenings. Stuart reports that people said they had enjoyed themselves, and infact the difficult conditions created great camaraderie in helping each other out of the mud. 

Phil in his M4 High Speed Tractor seemed to be having a great time rescuing stranded folks and made pushing a 6 ton 5.5Ē gun up a serious slope look relatively easy. The artillery had a difficult time of it. The torrential rain on Friday left Simon Daymondís Militant with 5.5Ē behind stuck and abandoned. He was subsequently rescued by the M4 after unsuccessful attempts by a Stalwart. Mel Bean had brought his newly restored and gleaming 25 pdr along which I had helped clean. What a waste of time and effort it turned out to be. Suffering a flat tyre on the road outside he attempted to bring it into the site, but it sank in the mud riving the tyre off the part of the rim and tearing it in the process. 
Mike Peacock brought along another tyre and rim the next day and Frankís quad pulled it free and up the slope. Despite all this a 25 pdr was fired in the arena both mornings with the mud on Sunday proving a little trying. No such problems for Denisís 2 wheel drive Standard Tilly - it simply cut through sections of mud about a foot deep. Marvellous. 

Steve Carr has done a report for our website to which we have both added photos.

If you want a copy of one of my photographs at YWE (© Mike Humphreys) please e mail me at michael.humphreys@btinternet.com

Mike Humphreys.