the sun shone for the main event at the end of the season. This was, of
course, Pickering War Weekend. Members from our Area and further afield
brought their vehicles along for the parade and a good time. This year,
for the first time, the vehicle parade took place on Sunday morning and
started at the Showground.
It continues to be a
most impressive affair with a smattering of British vehicles, whilst
GMCs, Jeeps and Dodges made up the bulk of it. It would be great to see
an increase in British soft skin to balance things up as the crowd
really cheer and clap as they pass. So if you own one, book in for next
year. No offence to our US aficionados.
Photos are of Brian
Berriman in his Dodge Signals van and Denis Matthewman driving his
was ill when our Christmas meeting and party were held on the 5th Dec at
our usual excellent venue in Wetherby. Brian reports “There was a good
turnout of almost 50, some lured along by the prospect of free pie and
peas, others (most I hope) by the prospect of a good night in good
company. The usual serious part of the meeting was over and done with
quite quickly. I was somehow re-elected once again for the top posts in
the cabinet, i.e. secretary and treasurer (my 14th year!), then we moved
on to the serious business, the quiz!
This year it had two
parts, one a picture round of military vehicles, which overall was quite
well answered and another of general Christmas and military stuff. Brian
Fox came along and treat us all to a game of stand up sit down bingo and
the grand finale was his game of higher and lower which always gets the
crowd going. We finished with a very well stocked raffle, thanks to some
very generous donations from those who came along. All in all a very
enjoyable night, looking forward to our Christmas cracker run out on the
29th Dec now, here’s hoping for some snow! “
something completely different, Michael Sparks rang me to say that the
Anti Terrorist Squad wanted to speak to him after first trying to reach
him at his place of work. Apparently the local Community Support Officer
had filed a report saying that the wartime vehicles parked on his drive
presented an opportunity for terrorists to steal and use them.
Not surprisingly he
thought it a wind up, but no, it was genuine. Quite what use his 70 year
old aero screen Bedford MW might have I don’t know! I think it might
have saved a lot of trouble had the person knocked on the door and found
out about them before putting in a report. Ah well, you have been
warned! Michael’s MW is Nelly in the photograph. Willow belongs to
Alex Rippingham of Stockport.
The key diary date for
you is 10/11/12 May at the Yorkshire Air museum for our Battlegroup
North Show (ex Wheels and Wings). I hope to see lots of you there.