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Lichfield Rally - July 19th - 23rd

Lichfield Cathedral Rally Marshalls


            After weeks of extreme wet weather, and 3 cancelled rallies, 36 motorhomes approached the journey to the rally at Lichfield, Staffordshire, with some trepidation of what they might find. On arrival first impressions were not too promising as the Marshals were wet and waiting in the rain, and a glimpse of the field showed big muddy tracks where the previous users of Beacon Park had struggled in the awful conditions and had left muddy areas.

Confidence returned by the welcome received and the fact that the marshals had selected an area of the park where it was drier.  All the vans were efficiently directed to where they should pitch. Parking on ramps and boards (always recommended) was easily achieved.

Beacon Park has been used as a very successful Club rally for 14 years, under the expertise of Trish & Ted Pratt (surely a Club record for one site?).   Chris, Jeanne, Liz and Peter bravely took over the mantle with, no doubt, some apprehension.  However, any trepidation proved to be unfounded as the planning, on-site preparation and the rally itself went so very well.

The rally area is only a very short walk through the huge park to the attractive town of Lichfield itself.  The area was known by many of the ralliers, from previous rallies, but for those new there was a comprehensive amount of information in their rally envelope along with 2 quizzes.  The dominating view of Lichfield is the Cathedral with an odd number of 3 spires. I’m told that the two main spires are of different heights of some 5 feet.

Teas/coffees and biscuits were provided the first evening (Thursday) and ralliers were welcomed and given advice regarding the town of Lichfield, nearby attractions and domestics matters e.g. where the toilets, showers & Elsan point are and their opening times.  There was then the opportunity talk with old friends and meet, and make, new ones.

Friday the sun shone brightly and remained so for the rest of the rally.  I think everyone made their way at sometime to go into the town and wander round the small market and the town in general.  Also many started the ‘Lichfield Trail’ - a quiz provided by the tourist board, which took one around the town searching for answers to the clues given.  There was also a bike ride organised.

Saturday ralliers were able to pursue their own desires - be it sitting in the glorious sunshine, going back into town or visiting the local area. In the evening the ‘potato man’ visited with a wide range of fillings available, the Marshals also provided a glass(es) of wine, with apple pie and cream to follow.  All the ralliers joined in and stayed till late in the evening with friends to see the sun setting.

Sunday was another ‘do as you wish day’.  In the evening the rally raffle was drawn and prizes award for the two quizzes.  Thanks were given to the Marshals and their assistants for all the effort that they had put in to making the rally a great success.

Monday saw everyone leaving the park returning home or on to other venues.

Another rally next year - who knows?

Mobile Potato Van Serving the  wine & the sweets
Roy Receiving his prize General views . . .  

Rally report and photo gallery - Baz Wellard