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Anne Howitt’s Report on the TDST 2015

Over a hundred MG enthusiasts arrived in their various prides and joys at Livingstone for the traditional bacon roll and coffee send off on this annual event. There was an impressive array of 55 vehicles from six PAs of the thirties through to more modern models coming from all areas of the UK and Jim and Trudie came all the way in their RV8 from The Netherlands via Perth! 2015 TDST Oily 6 It was very cold but dry on Saturday. The first day’s route took us through some beautiful Borders scenery with a stop in Peebles and then to East Lothian before arriving – some with frozen fingers – at the comfortable North Berwick Marine Hotel. In the evening, after dinner, ‘ the Breakdown Trophy’ was presented to Malcolm Kirby who had had to limp home in his beautiful white PA as there was an oil problem but, after tracking down jump leads, he and Rosemary dashed back in his Midget in time for a slightly delayed dinner! and in time to accept the trophy. The second trophy, the Cooper Bowl, was presented to Mike Howlett in his absence, to note and thank him for the huge service and dedication he has offered the club over the past six years. Following this we had to put heads together to attack a quiz. The winning team was marked by prizes which did not require security guards to ensure their safety….. but well done them anyway. Many thanks to Barclay and Alison for preparing the quiz and also for setting up the regalia stand which always seemed busy and, I now understand, to have done lots of business. Super. Well done. Sunday dawned, or rather struggled to life, with driving rain, wind and the occasional burst of sleet. A few hardy souls ventured out on the planned route which included a couple of fords but my only feedback on that was sense had prevailed and they were avoided as all the roads were like fords. Several folk explored Myreton Motor museum, the Seabird Centre or the Museum of Flight. None I suspect visited Tantallon Castle. Some of us stayed indoors in comfort until the weather improved marginally and then wandered in to explore North Berwick. After dinner we were royally entertained by the Opus One Swing Band, youngsters from Newbattle High School, who were a credit to themselves and to their teachers. Perfect after dinner entertainment. And judging by the tapping of feet and fingers perhaps some tables should have been pushed back….. The band received huge applause and a donation to their funds from the proceeds of the raffle organised by Tony and Isobel Smith. Thanks to them and the band. Monday morning allowed for the first clear viewing of the Bass Rock  (click the photo to see the Bass Rock !!) from the bedroom window.2015 TDST Anne H 1 thumbAfter breakfast everyone was busy fettling and packing cars for the last lap and as several cars were not completing the final day’s run, some farewells were said and the cars departed. Thelma, Nola and I had a lovely run – following the route until we saw the Myreton Museum  – sadly no sign of the 1937 Rudge Ulster – but it was fun and after a social stop in Haddington we headed north to Perth via Edinburgh. 2015 TDST Oily 5 Tea, sandwiches and traybakes were served at Woll Golf Club in Ashkirk to those who completed the final route, before heading for home. All in all an excellent tour. Many thanks to all who contributed to its success and now we can look forward to next year’s tour to the Aviemore area.   Report by Anne Howitt (Thelma’s owner and carer)