Rally Report – Regent House Grammar School, Newtownards 15th to 17th October 2021. 

Hosts Flo and Enda Carolan and Bridget and David Gilmore welcomed 45 vans to our rally over the weekend. 

On Friday night we had access to an excellent hall and a lot of us took the opportunity to relax and catch up with old friends. Background music was provided by Gary for those who got tired talking. 

Saturday was spent shopping in the outdoor market or in the many shops the town has to offer. The weather was fine and those not in the shopping mood were able to relax outside their vans. On Saturday night we gathered in the hall again and Gary once again provided the music. While the dancers were a bit slow to get started a number did eventually take to the floor. Perhaps they were a bit dance rusty since this was their first outing in over a year. 

On Sunday the Coffee Morning was well attended and Irene Hewitt our new Vice Chair/Secretary did the honours in Chairman Joe McClune’s absence. Hopefully Joe will be back with us soon. After thanking the hosts for a job very well done Irene welcomed new members Trevor and Mandy Lennox and William and Adeline McClenaghan. She also wished Jim and Eileen Niblock many miles of happy motoring in their new van. Irene said the next event will be a Temporary Campsite at Foyle College in Londonderry starting on Friday 29 October. The Halloween celebrations are being held on Sunday night and anyone wishing to attend them can stay at Bready Cricket Club on that night. Details of the event are on the website. 

The hosts then conducted the draws. The Entry Draw was won by Paul Leaver. There were eight correct entries for the quiz and the lucky winner was Martin Murphy. Our thanks to the hosts for an enjoyable rally and to Gary and Yvonne for their help over the weekend. 

Bridget and David Gilmore

See photos by Raymond Elliott in Gallery