Richmond on Swale
Team for the Day:
Bryan Jackson, Peter Brown, Andrew Morris, John McDermott, Rob Skeates, John Gibson, Allan Rawe, Matthew Cowan, Ben Hobby,
Time: 20:00 Friday 10th May 2002
Location: Wetherspoons Pub, Richmond
Excellent beer and an excellent price and quite nice views. Met up with some other teams and the ring Bagman John Frearson, nick name Denis Norden for his ever present clip board. Would have stayed was it not for the lure of a fish supper. Returned to the beer at the Black Lion until the early hours of the morning.
Time : 10:00 Saturday 11th May 2002
After a couple of false starts on wrong coaches set off for a tour of the Dales. This was a different tour that John Mc had told his relatives we were on so he was not a happy chap. Time: 11:15 Location: Gunnerside Danced Ampleforth in the pretty village and nearly got flattened by a Landrover and trailer that was taking no prisoners
Location: Low Row, Punch Bowl Inn
Lovely views over the Swale valley and the team warmed up with a Flamborough Long Sword. Then first Rapper set of the day which tested the skills of a fairly new team on a far from perfect surface. One dropped sword was soon sorted. A few of the team taking it steady after last nights long session. The Team was not used to such an early start in the pubs, having usually spent the best part of the evening driving.
Lunch and more dancing in a very picturesque setting. John MaC met up with his relatives so he was happy again. Danced a seven sword which was well received.
More illegal dancing on the road, this time avoiding the traffic. Flamborough and Rapper from us and some Cotswold from the rest. One of the best Rappers of the day. Must have been the right combination of confidence beer and adrenaline.
Location: Richmond Town Hall for the Feast
Good food, excellent beer (some fruity and some quaffy), dodgy speeches and some more dodgy singing.
It was a mystery why some of the choir had to go out and sing on the stairs. We then retired to the Black Lion for more excellent beer and some of the best dancing of the day. John Gibson wished he’d forgone the apple pie and double custard during the last spin in our Rapper set. Some of the locals joined in with the dancing out side the pub.