LTRG members and TR friends from up and down the country celebrating the start of a new TR year.
One lucky member managed to get an invite for this unique event.
It was another fantastic weekend with good company, good food, excellent weather and loads of cars to look at. What more could we ask for? We set up camp in our usual spot, ready for the Friday evening meal, which was an excellent chicken tikka, prepared by Girish’s wife. Saturday evening saw us all enjoy a lemon chicken starter with salad, followed by lamb kleftiko, then strawberries and raspberries with meringue and cream. Thanks to Paul, Andy H and helpers, for doing their usual excellent job of cooking. The breakfast rolls prepared by Andy H both days contained almost a full English breakfast, and did a good job of setting us up for the day. Once again, it was a very memorable and enjoyable International Weekend, this time for all the right reasons.
The first run out of the year for the Leicestershire group was to the Crich Tramway Museum. We were joined by members of Nene Valley, Derbyshire Dales and Wharfedale groups to made a truly grand day out. There were 19 cars in all on a glorious day with plenty of sunshine to make the cars gleam. Tony had arranged for us to park within the museum and for the drivers to have free entry. He also fixed a splendid lunch in the upstairs room of the pub. The local beer slipped down a treat. The museum told a fascinating story of the rise and fall of the tram system with examples from the UK, continental Europe and the USA. The workshops could be viewed from a gallery and we got a ride on an old tram.
A group of 26 met for Sunday lunch. It was traditional fare, with a choice of roasts followed by pudding. Judging by the level of conversation, you would think we hadn’t seen each other for years. And it wasn’t all about cars although Steve and Dee did turn up in theirs!
How much fun can you have when Santa turns up to your annual dinner? There was a rush to sit on Santa's knee, and even his elf got into the swing of things.Tony awarded two prizes for the year. The Wheelspinner award for outstanding contributions to the group went to Rachael for her 25 years service as our treasurer, whilst her husband Phil got the Pratt of the year award, which happens to be Rachael's knickers!
The last run out for 2016 was to the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire. This provides a 50-foot vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. We all enjoyed a boat ride along the canal, including a ride down the lift, followed by a walk up the structure of the lift itself, for the more adventurous.
Leicestershire TR Group was well represented at the TR Register International Weekend. Whilst we ran the “Bring and Buy Stall” in aid of TS2, the LTRG ladies led a Craft Workshop focusing on making Christmas decorations. We also enjoyed our tradional group BBQ on the Saturday evening.
The Leicestershire TR Register Group Weekend, with a Richard III theme, was based near the site of the Battle of Bosworth. We enjoyed nice country drives, royal entertainment, good food and best of all good company.
2015 saw a milestone birthday for former group leader Colin Skinner