Time: 22:30 Friday 20th September 2002
Location: Dog and Partridge Pub Yateley
The Dog and Partridge, as well as being the Yateley Morris Men’s local, is also the HQ of the Monster Raving Looney Party. Coincidence or what? Rob’s car got there first in a very impressive average speed including a high speed blow out on the M1. Second car arrived just in time for the last of the Young’s beer to go off which left some very dodgy Pedigree for the rest. Retired to the WI hall with Saddleworth for a night cap. I wish they hadn’t produced the bottle of Laphroaig whiskey. I don’t remember going to bed. Neither did John MaC
Time: 10:00 Saturday 21st Sept 2002
Coaches left for the tours. Our first stop was at Hammer Vale (the Prince of Wales pub) not that many of us were ready for a pint. The Gales mild was recommended by some one with a poor sense of humour. The only ones to stop and watch us were a woman and her donkey, which was classed as a good crowd evidently. Our first Rapper of the day nearly ended in the flower tubs as a result of the sloping car park.
Location: Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield A quick couple of dances before a long coach ride to the lunch spot. Time: 12:30 Location: Lunch at Woolpack pub in Elstead. A quintessential English village pub with barrels behind the bar. Seems to be the trend. Very good ploughmans lunch washed down with Fullers London Pride. Did a couple of dances to a very small crowd.
Location: Rural Life Centre, Tilford
Lovely little open air museum. Would have liked to have spent a bit of time looking round but we needed to get to the next spot to meet up with the other tour for a massed dance at the brewery.
Location: Hogs Back Brewery for a massed dance with all the teams
Good pint of TEA (Traditional English Ale)
Location: Yateley Dog and Partridge for the massed show. People had now got the message and turned out in decent numbers.
The picture below speaks volumes. We managed to get a couple of dances in. A long sword and a seven man Rapper with Bryan as Tommy. Went down well with the crowd.