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Lancashire Group News (March2020 website)

Our Burns Night Rally was at Turnover Farm and was hosted by David, Joy, Brian and Alma (me). The weather was dull with light rain occasionally but heavy rain on Sunday. There were 32 ‘vans from Lancashire and 1 from North West Midlands & North Wales. Friday night started with a couple of games of bingo with our number one bingo caller, Allan, followed by line dancing. Brian started his quiz, ‘All things Scottish’ and the lights went out! The site manager came to our aid quickly and after the first fix Brian tried another question but before he finished it the lights went out again and so it went on until nearly the end of the quiz when the problem was discovered at last. Everyone thought it hilarious and Brian was just glad to get to the end! Stephen Gray’s team won with 15 out of 20.  

On Saturday afternoon we played Bean Bag Boules which included many who hadn’t played before. It was a ‘newby’, Janet Rayner, who put on a good show to make it to the final, but Jeff Critchley was the worthy winner of the wine.

Saturday evening started with the Address to the Haggis. The Haggis was ceremonially carried in by David followed by Brian whilst Dean played the bagpipes (on his computer). Brian delivered the Address, which caused a little laughter, but there was due reverence or amazement overall. He even used his dagger (which I kept pointing out was illegal) and then everyone toasted the Haggis with a tot of whisky. The ceremony ended with Stephen, a true Scot, delivering the Scottish Grace before the meal was served. And so, the meal was served, then seconds, then us who had worked to make it had ours. Whilst we were eating, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that a small group of ladies had done the washing up! Thankyou.

The evening continued with a young entertainer called Dan Ghettoe, who gave us songs from the shows, Elvis and Tom Jones songs and even one of his own compositions, then more modern ones. In the interval it was Take Your Pick with Allan and Brian starting with a couple of Scottish jokes and inviting Mel to take the mike to make everyone suffer (just joking) his Haggis Hunt tale. Liz won the jackpot but even then, Brian made her worry and cringe a little by making her take it from his sporran! Dan continued the night with songs to make you want to dance and the floor was full for the rest of the night.

Sunday dawned with the heavy rain. When tea and coffee had been served the raffle was drawn, and Bonus Ball winner paid. Mel then thanked the hosts and all who had helped with the meal.    He wished everyone a safe journey home.