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VISIT TO HASKINS ROUNDSTONE GARDEN CENTRE
Sunday 24 October 2010

It was just five days before the event when I went to Haskins to confirm the arrangements and numbers for our visit. To my consternation, I discovered that the manager, with whom I had made all the arrangements, was no longer employed there and that no record of our proposed visit could be found anywhere. However, Dean, the new restaurant manager, kindly accepted all the arrangements I told him I had previously agreed with his predecessor and I returned home much relieved.

After a miserable Saturday, Sunday dawned bright and dry. Nineteen Club cars were booked for lunch but twenty-one turned up to make a fine display in the sun. The most splendid, in my opinion, was Ray Lockett's magnificent 1912 Ghost. This was of particular interest to Mark Tidy, who had sold the Ghost to Ray some ten years, or so, ago.

Coffee and lunch were taken in our own reserved section of the restaurant and many enjoyed a little retail therapy before departing for home.

This will be the last time we see Haskins in its present form as the whole site is to be completely redeveloped and improved. Perhaps we will return to the new Haskins one day in the future.

David Steel - Section Committee Member


Club cars   Ray Lockett's 1912 Ghost
The Club cars - a fine display in the sun.   Ray Lockett's 1912 Ghost.
The restaurant   Ted the joker
The restaurant.   Ted the joker.
Photos: Ian Burt