On The Line, Wensleydale Railway - July 17/18th
Report by Mike Humphreys
Bean, James Taylor and myself made the epic journey to Leyburn after
Melvyn’s dad had been persuaded by one of the events organisers that
the Matador and 5.5” gun would make an excellent centrepiece in the
town’s square. We travelled via Bradford Ring Rd, Harrogate, Ripon, Masham to arrive as scheduled for 10.00am. It was early
morning and turned out to be a very pleasant run even if expensive in
area had been left as arranged but we were somewhat disappointed to
find that we were the only vehicles to be on display. An occasional
jeep went past, but the weekend turned out to be an extremely quiet
affair. There was some limited activity down at the station where we
bumped into Colin, Craig and Mick with their WD bikes. A small exhibit
by the Paras and the Home Guard completed the set up.
local school did a roaring trade on Sunday with burgers, sausages,
buns and drinks and had even built a large scale replica of a 25 pdr.
Had it not been for the ready availability of beer in the pubs that
surround the square we would have been mightily bored. Sleeping in the
lorries overnight in the square was a novelty I can do without
especially when you get drunken youths attempting to climb up the
5.5” gun barrel at 1.00 in the morning!
don’t think the town lends itself to Pickering type event as the Station is too far away. Perhaps if the market
place/town’s square was given over entirely to period and military
vehicles then it might stand more of a chance. There was a small
parade after the Sunday Service but not one for vehicles.