Walking across the paddock at the end of the day, with sheep grazing and a muffled peel of bells ringing out from the church will remain with me for a very long time. Well done to the organisers, simply brilliant.
Go on lads, add the photograph of Mr Grumpies in Grump Street.
Oh all right then! Although I feel I should mention that there are many photos showing what a wonderful day we had as guests of Ilmington Morris Men - stand by!
For me, one of the best outings for a long time. Wonderful weather, a very friendly host side, a beautiful Cotswold village, a walking tour around some delightful houses and gardens and a wonderful free afternoon tea and cakes kindly provided by the host ladies. We all got on very well together, unlike some occasions when the parties stick to their own. The Red Lion was a 'proper' pub too, with a convivial landlord and decent food served promptly. We also camped on the playing fields for £5 per night! What more could one want?
Since we first visited Ilmington back in 1994 as part of TDMM's 21st Anniversary Cotswold Tour it's been my personal ambition to return again and I'm so pleased it happened as part of our 40th celebrations, although it could be said that 19 years is to long a gap (hang on? 19 years? Something doesn't add up - I'll explain later). But before I harp on about what a great day we had in Ilmington, bear with me while I reminisce about that weekend 19 years ago...........