Thursday 16th June was a really wet day. The weather had been very wet all week leading up to the gathering, and the forecast was, well, grim – no, very grim! Rain interspersed with showers and an occasional dry spell was the forecast and so the organisers were prepared for a big non-event. The parking spaces were sectioned off, the signs in place, the tea in the pot and the pints ready – so all that was needed was gatherers.
At the usual start time of 4:00 o’clock there were 3 cars – from Greetham village, and slowly a few more turned up. Everyone understood – who wants to bring their pride and joy out in the rain? Well, thankfully, quite a few did, and as the evening progressed there was a steady, but not busy, stream of cars coming into the Gathering. The doom and gloom of the weather was now in contrast to the smiles breaking through on the organisers’ faces.
Again there were some regular gatherers, and some new faces. Among the pick of the vehicles were several Ford Capris (these are supposed to be rare but there were 5), several VW camper vans including a very desirable split screen model, Jaguars, an Aston Martin and several Land Rovers.
The motorbike paddock was graced with just 2 motorcycles. Well done and thanks go to the 2 riders who braved the rain to attend. They brought a Honda CB77 305cc twin and a 1942 Harley Davidson 800cc side valve machine. This Harley is a regular attender to the Gatherings but it just keeps on attracting admirers.
Thanks must go to all who braved the conditions and attended, whether showing a vehicle or not. Also to Andy and crew for the fine food he prepares; to Anne and team for the bar; to Maureen and Carol for the cakes and coffee, to Lorine’s mum – Janet (a last minute substitute for Lorine who could not make it) for supplying prizes and selling raffle tickets; and to all the supporters who lend a hand as and when.
Pictures from this Gathering will be posted on the Gathering website (www.GreethamGathering.co.uk) in the coming days. Please make a note of the next Gathering which is onJuly 21st – same time, same place, but hopefully better weather! Remember, that we donate our profits to the local Air Ambulance. Thanks again to our supporters – we remain optimistic that the success of this event will continue and we shall grow to be even bigger in 2016. See you in July.