10th – 12th May. This was the ever popular North West 200 motorcycle race rally, this year in glorious sunshine, temperatures reaching just over 20 degrees, an added bonus was a fantastic display of the Northern Lights on both nights.  If Carlsberg did weekends this PROBABLY would be the best, the venue was just yards from the famous Metropole corner, well done for Roy Dowie our rally officer for securing it. Our great hosts, booking and parking 73 vans were Jane, Harry, Sue & Ernie and in addition to signing up another two members (Dennis Ennis & John Doyle) Ernie and Harry provide a witty bingo session on the Friday night. Jane even found time to document the weekend events on film (where does she get all the energy from), photos will be on our gallery page shortly.

Saturday was dominated by a great day of motorcycle racing, while some took advantage of the weather to bolster their tanswith possibly the best weather this year. The hall was packed on Saturday night with all on the dance floor moving to great music by The Coves, an ever popular duo.         At the Sundaycoffee morning, in the absence of our Chairman, our Safety Office deputised in thanking the hard working hosts, welcoming the new members, with Andy Clark drawing the winners of the number plate draw. There were two vouchers for this, plus the bonus voucher in place of the normal quiz winnerVictor Wilson, Willie McBride and David Sterling were the lucky winners.

All were wished safe travels until our next group rally in Ballynahinch, not being until 7th June due    to the Inter Group Festival, where 18 of our vans are booked to attend.

Sam Arlow