The weekend started on Friday with a drive from Norfolk to Alcester to book in to the King’s Court Hotel for the duration. Ferg and I strolled to the nearby pub in search of a different view but found it heaving with people. Obviously an evening meal would not be coming in the near future so we retraced our steps to the hotel where we ate a fine meal before retiring to bed.
After breakfast, we were joined by Lez Young who accompanied us to Lapworth Locks in search for Lew Morris’ memorial plaque. When we got to the locks, time was tight for Lez and I who had the NEC meeting to attend, but we had time to explore the nearest two locks and talk to the lady who had recently moved into the lock-keepers cottage when Lew died. Then Lez and I had to leave Ferg for further searching while we faced the wind howling from the south-west. I tried to do my bit for the first few miles before handing over the lead position to Lez, who is great to sit behind – I doubt I gave him much shelter in the early stage. We rushed into the hotel to discover that the meeting was half-an-hour later than we thought – time to get our breath back!
After the meeting we showered and changed before joining the party for a meal. We were rather a noisy crowd, with much hilarity in evidence, and managed to silence the sound system in the corner.
Sunday’s appetiser ride was led by Ferg, up to and along the Astwood Bank into the wind which played havoc with the map on Ferg’s tri-bars. We descended to Hilliers which was crowded with cyclists, a feature of Saturday too. The wind then blew us back to the King’s Court in time for the lunch. After which Myra Alma welcomed the visitors and Lez Young toasted the Region before Gordon Taylor entertained us with a presentation of his recent tour across the USA. Trophies were then presented to Harold Heyworth, Roger Alma and Norman Fenn. A special presentation was then made from the executor of Les Lowe’s will of a generous bequest to the Association. Chairman Jim Hopper wound up proceedings but conversation continued for some time after.