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 Dartmouth May 2012

Dartmouth Music Festival Rally 10th - 17th May 2012


Rally Marshals



    Fifty six members in 28 vans attended this year, the longest travelled being Liz and Gavin Fox from Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire who were touring in the South West.   The arrival day dawned wet and very windy, just as it had been overnight and stayed that way all day.   Thinking of the grass, fortunately the site owners were able to make available a good number of their hard standings for the heavier vans, and requested that the lighter vans only be sited on grass pitches.   The marshals got a good soaking that Thursday but overnight relief came at daybreak with sunshine and only a light breeze.   It remained like that for the Music Festival period ending Sunday evening.   Members got out and about making the most of the favourable weather and visited the town and festival shows which included the Military Wives Choir singing at The Bandstand for half an hour on Friday evening.   On Saturday many visited the Britannia RN College to enjoy its open day and see the RM Band beating retreat on the parade ground.   When they are not serving overseas they are a regular feature on the open day.  

    Other things to do included boat trips at much reduced prices by the Greenway Ferry vessels going to and from Totnes for a one way fare of £2 (normally £12) and a one hour harbour trip for a pound.   These fares apply for May only; there is a price war going on and the Western Lady boats are running cheaply between Brixham and Torquay.   A number of ralliers took advantage of these concessions.   Steam trains and the buses were the other popular means of getting about.   

    It being the Queens Diamond Jubilee year the members were invited, without obligation, to decorate their vehicles as they felt inclined.  Those who took part produced a host of red, white and blue flags, bunting and many photos of the Queen on flags of varying size.   The show was judged by site staff who felt there should be joint winners, namely Mr & Mrs Vic Baughan and Mr & Mrs Alan Hurst.   Each received a bottle of red wine on our final evening together.  

    After the weekend the weather turned quite windy and cold but not a lot of rain until departure day, Thursday 17th, when some showers came to see us all off.

     Because of the cold wind we did not have the usual social evenings as in the past to provide hot drinks for get-togethers as it was too darned uncomfortable to stand around outside.   Many of us much enjoyed the fish & chip supper brought up from The Frying Pan in Dartmouth on Monday evening at 5 PM.   Wednesday evening again at 5PM, and to get out of the wind, we met in the shelter of the hedge on the far side of the field, for a cream tea provided by the marshals, followed by the quiz answers and the Draw.   Thanks were expressed to all for attending in support of the rally and to those members who had assisted with help in selling raffle tickets, serving teas and coffee and in any way at all where help was required.   The rally was concluded with the wish that everyone had a safe onward journey to home or wherever they were going.   Our ‘goodbyes’ were expressed with the hope we may meet again on another rally field in future.

     This was the first seven night rally covering the Music Festival (three days at week- end) and all things considered we were generally lucky with the weather other than on arrival day and the cold wind after the weekend but that did not stop members enjoying themselves with all Dartmouth and the area had to offer. 

 Rally report courtesy of - Jill & Richard McAllister


Baynards Cove Baynards Cove Boat Marina
Competition Prep 1st Prize Runner-up
Military wives Phoenix  band Beth Porter Group

Photographs courtesy of - Richard McAllister & John Tubb