Being committed to attend the festivities in the nearby village of Willoughby Waterleys as part of their Jubilee festivities we had no alternative but to attend, although under any other circumstances we probably would have called it a day and stayed at home!
Nevertheless, we continued to make ready along with the other three die hard turnouts, continually looking at the weather to see if the intensity of the rain had moderated- no such luck. Unfortunately, it was to be Alice Locketts’ (our new junior whip) first official BDS drive. What a day to start your BDS journey.
The time came for us to make a start, let’s get out and get wet. So off we went into the village. As you can imagine quite a lot of the programme had been abandoned so we were one of the attractions still on, along with the Morris Women.
As the wind and rain continued, so did the multitude of different coloured umbrellas in the crowd going up and down together with the very peculiar noises coming from the bunting and flags which seemed to be everywhere. Needless to say this caused the horses to be really sharp.
The rosettes were presented by a local farmer Mr Colin Bettles who decided that Freda Martin driving Smarty her welsh section C was the best turned out and received a special rosette in addition to her Jubilee drive rosette. To be honest, Freda did have more flags on her turnout than anybody else!
We were not sorry to move off out of the village, and as we were all soaking by this time it was agreed that we continue with the scheduled drive and went for a further 6 miles drive coming back through the village at some pace. Not a day for any horse that’s not keen on water as there was plenty about.
Everyone was really glad to be back at Springbridge and inside out of the driving rain, clothes changing and drying out was the order of the day, and some even had to sit on towels as they were wetting the chairs.
The picnic was really nice and we had a good old chat and a warming cuppa.
At least we had done our bit for the local community, and have subsequently received a lot of thanks from the village committee for making the effort in such dreadful conditions
We are now looking forward to the sunnier and warmer drives to come – you never know?????
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