Over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July many of our members attended the Skemelsdale ex-services military event .
On Sunday 10th July, James, Mel, Leah and Maria took their vehicles along to support the Crosby Carnival event which is held each year to raise money for various charities and we have supported this event for many years. The organisers made us welcome and we were given a good spot in front of the arena (the duck display was very entertaining) and the carnival was well attended by the public.
The weather forecast looked like we may have been rained off but thankfully the weather was kind to us for a change and we even had some sunshine. (see gallery)
Woodvale Rally took place this year on the weekend of the 18th and 19th June at Victoria Park, Southport with many exhibitors arriving on the Friday afternoon to set up camp. The military section is starting to grow in size again and West Lancs MVT would like to thank everyone who came along and supported us over the weekend.
Unfortunately two of our members (Ken Magee and John Higham) are no longer with us and they were missed greatly and were in our thoughts. Ken was always entertaining us with his stories over a cup of tea and quiet John with his happy smile every time you saw him. (very sad) .
This year we were moved to a different part of the park as the model aeroplanes were back and they were in the large field in front of our set up, but the new location worked well as we were in the centre of the park with lots going on to keep the family entertained.
We had three good static displays at the show this year which were Dave DeRoos ever popular and growing weapons display, Chris Everett?s world war two blitz display and young Connor who with his dad Iain Duff put on a good display of military kit, plus Connor was able to show off his new landrover.
Ben Croft and Bob Stam were unable to join us due to illness and we wish them both a speedy recovery as Ben?s camping skills and Bob Roukes drift display are always a joy to behold.
As always the Woodvale Rally committee looked after us really well and the weather was kind to us until the Sunday afternoon when the rain came - why does this always happen when your trying to take a tent down!!
Were all looking forward to next year and hope that more like minded colleagues can come along and join us (see gallery)
On Sunday 20th March we enjoyed a club day out to Fulwood Barracks in Preston. This was arranged by Bob Stam and we were very privileged to have his brother Bernard (who is a colonel in the regiment linked to the Barracks) to give us a personal tour around the museum.
Twelve members attended the trip and Kevin Riley kindly provided a minibus to take us there and back. We met at Kev?s yard at 9am and before departing we all admired Kev?s latest purchase, which is a ?Dolly? used as a recovery vehicle for Diamond T?s and Antars and I?m sure will see a lot more of it over the coming show season.
We set off at 9.30 and arrived at the museum at 10.30 and were met by Bernard Stam who welcomed us and took us through to the refreshment room for a much appreciated tea, coffee and biscuits. While we were having our refreshments Bernard talked us through what would be involved in the visit and that it would last approx. 90 minutes. Our tour then started and everyone was impressed with how knowledgeable Bernard was and the way he conducted the tour as he had plenty of human stories to tell which made it very interesting. We ended the tour in the chapel which was amazing and totally unexpected and Bernard was telling us the links the barracks had with soldiers and a priest who served at Roukes Drift, which then made the peoples stories come alive.
After the visit we all went to a local pub for lunch and it was a really good atmosphere and hopefully this will be the first of many trips for our club.