A report by Adrian Dean, WLMCCC Communications Officer.
With the prospect of a sunny morning, Elaine and I put the hood down and eased the Mercedes SL out of the Imperial Hotel car park following an excellent evening at the North Fylde Group Ball. The satnav was set up and we headed for Conder Green via Pilling with a brief stop at Glasson Dock to view the boats. This brought back memories of a few years ago after a Classic Car Club meeting at The Mill when we decided to go to a local shop to buy some ham. On the way to the shop, Elaine happened to see an MG TF135 parked on the highway verge with a ‘For Sale’ sign placed on the windscreen. Yes, you’ve guessed, we ended up buying the ham and the MG.
The Mill is a popular destination for the club and is certainly one of my favourites as it is located in a beautiful setting adjacent to the Lancaster Canal with lovely views of the surrounding countryside and of course the food is delightful.
On this occasion; 12 club members gathered having arrived in a wide variety of vehicles. Bill and Hilda brought their Skoda Octavia in place of their magnificent bright red Jowett Jupiter, which was suffering from rear brake problems. Ralph and Julie were in their Mercedes Pagoda with the hard top still fitted! Stuart and Linda arrived in their Triumph 2000. Cath had purchased yet another car, this one being a new Beetle Cabriolet resplendent in red with big black stripes. Cath, please keep this one, it is bound to become a classic, in fact it’s probably one already.
Over lunch, we had some important business to conduct, namely to decide whether to purchase a feather banner at a cost of approximately £100 to help promote the club at events. This was proposed by Ralph Miller, seconded by Mick Norris and received unanimous approval from those present. The decision will be communicated to those club members who were not present at The Mill as soon as possible.
All good things come to an end and we left The Mill at about 3:00 pm, by which time the sun had disappeared and it had started raining again. On a previous occasion, a spring tide flooded the access road to The Mill causing us to retreat to the bar and delaying our departure for an hour or so. No such luck this time even though high tide was at 12:05 pm.