Because of the implications of covid La Mon House Hotel dinner dance had to be cancelled earlier this month this was to be the first meeting of 2022.
We are now almost two years into this dreadful Pandemic, but I do believe we can at last start to become optimistic with what are definitely green shoots of normality. With the easing of restrictions, we were now able to make our way to Model Primary School Enniskillen, where we had an excellent weekend.
On Friday evening 53 (one further van arrived on Sat. morning. Total vans 54) vans arrived and were quickly parked up by our hosts Andy Clark and Jim Niblock with the clerical work ably conducted by Eleanor Clark and Eileen Niblock. The weather was cold but still pleasant for the time of year. Ida Elliott kindly presented Hessian shopping bags to the first 20 vans in. Thank you, Ida. This was a beautiful gesture, but not an encouragement to come early, please don't arrive before start time.
We were thankfully able to avail of the school hall and started off with a session of Bingo. Florence Little conducted the proceedings and did so in a very professional manner. Florence knows all the jargon that only bingo players know and that coupled with a nice clear voice there were few problems. Well, some thought she was a bit quick, but I think they may well just have been a bit slow. She was assisted by Gary and Yvonne. The evening continued with music played softly to enable a bit of craic, talk and banter.
The Times Newspaper named Enniskillen as one of the best places in the UK to live being a “Super friendly market town with good manners and even better looks”. On Saturday most of us campers made our way into town to test this theory and Yes they got it right. The Saturday evening dance attracted over 90 patrons so that in itself tells a story with Disco Joe again at the Turn Table, (Oh dear, what age am I) We had a great evening’s craic and yes it did in fact run into Sunday.
Sunday Coffee morning and we were addressed by our Chairman, Joe McClune, who firstly thanked our hosts, Andy, Eleanor, Jim and Eileen and I hope they realize how much we all appreciate their sterling efforts. We had four new families on board, the Catherwoods, the Ostlers, the McCartneys and the Calvins, we welcome you all and hope you enjoyed yourselves. One further young member was in attendance, could we welcome young Willow Todd, recent new born to Ashlene and Alan and Great Grandaughter to Jack and Florence Little. Congratulations. One new van, Dorothy Graham, Health to drive and may you have many enjoyable trips in it.
Numberplate draws. There were two being, Gary Baird and Robert Smith. Quiz. Ellie Robinson won it again, she surely must be a “The Chase” candidate. Florence McClune was busy snapping with her camera, the results can be viewed in “The Gallery” We look forward to seeing you all at Sperrin Integrated School Magherafelt on February 11th Enda & Flo
(please note that the venue for the next rally has been changed to Cookstown)
See photos by Florence McClune in Gallery