Thornton-le-Dale

We arrived on Thursday afternoon after a trouble free journey from home to be welcomed in by Ian & Linda with the tea brewing and a bacon butty at the ready. we were soon set up in our camper van and after reading our welcome pack envelope we went across to Ian & Linda’s caravan for evening meal of bacon, leek, & mushroom pasta.

It was the first time John & I had eaten this type of meal and it was delicious. This weekend is the Pickering war weekend and John and I were prepared for it. John had purchased a 1940s suit with trilby hat and I had a beautiful polka dot dress with hat and coat. Linda had her usual ATS outfit and Ian in his Home Guard gear.

On Friday we all went into Pickering before the town got crowded with visitors to look around and do a bit of shopping. I bought a 1940s style black hat for £6. Before moving on we went into a church hall for a Chicken & mushroom pie lunch followed by apple pie & custard. That was really nice. We left Pickering and Ian took us to a campsite which he thought might be a good venue for a future rally. The site was at cropton village and it was situated behind the Cropton micro brewery which may interest some of our members. From here we travelled further into the Yorkshire Moors to show John the ancient remains of a Roman town. John Ian & Linda walked around it with the 2 dogs whilst I stayed in the van reading my book. To finish off the tour we visited another campsite at Great Barugh. This was a nice site with toilet and showers and only €4 per night. I think Ian is booking it for a rally venue for next year.

Early on Saturday morning we left camp and drove to Pickering at 08.15 hrs on the hope of getting a parking space before the town filled up with visitors vehicles. Imagine our surprise when we found that all parking places were occupied and Ian had to drop us off in the town centre and park half a mile away. Linda was marching in the parade so she went off to the parade ground whilst Ian John & I walked around the town in our 1940s attire. There were 100s of people doing the same thing. By the time Linda had marched through the streets of Pickering the rain started coming down so we decided to return to camp for an early tea.

On the menu in the Rally Arms was Corned Beef Hash followed by Bread & Butter Pudding with Custard. Yet another great achievement for the rally cook. Later that evening we played cards whilst listening to 1940s music on the CD player. On Sunday we went to the Pickering Showground to watch the re- enactments of British and German troops fighting it out over a make shift village. Rain came down which made us scurry into the large indoor events. Inside were trade stands selling everything from 1940s clothes to household items of tableware and other types of furniture. We met up with Eleanor & Geoff who were camping on the showground and paying a ridiculous price for it. On our return to camp we called in to the local fish and chip restaurant for our evening tea. Monday was time to move on to the next rally.

We’ve had a good time at Pickering and we will be going next year. The site owner has provided electric hook ups for us, so book in early as they are limited. lt is a good weekend’s entertainment and you won’t be disappointed.

John Haynes

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