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Was The Fish & Chip Run
Sun 19th Mar 2017
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 15
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Was The Fish & Chip Run

Sunday 19th March 2017

The day was not too cold but dry for our first run of the year, however the rain was threatening. When we arrived at the car park, some of the new members were there keen to begin their first MX5 run. Everyone else arrived in dribs and drabs; we were all looking at the new purchases over the winter period plus all the extras that has appeared.

Jim then called us all together giving out written material and a safety talk. Then at 12:15 we left the car park. The rain was threatening but our hardy lot had the roofs down as we set off.

We began the run with 15 shiny showroom condition cars, we went through UFO land, Bonnybridge; the small Scottish town of Bonnybridge, bills itself the UFO capital of the world. According to its colourful local councillor, Billy Buchanan, almost half of the town’s residents have seen a UFO at one time or another and on a yearly basis, around 300 sighting reports are received from Bonnybridge and its surrounding area.

We skirted Bathgate and over the Bangour road and the grounds of where; Bangour Village Hospital was a psychiatric hospital the first patients were admitted in June 1904. In 1918 Bangour General Hospital was created in the grounds, but the hospital began winding down in 1989 with services being transferred to the newly built St. John's Hospital in Livingston. The final ward at Bangour eventually closed in 2004. We then headed towards Dobbies for a comfort break.

After the warm drinks, we then set off down to Dechmont over the hills skirting Linlithgow and up pass the; Scottish Korean War Memorial, On the mounds are 110 Korean Fir trees and around 1100 Scottish trees representing the servicemen who were killed. The site, which is the only Korean War memorial in Scotland, opened on the 20th June 2000, marking the 50th anniversary of the war's commencement. We then passed Cairnpapple Hill, Cairnpapple’s henge dates from about 3800 BC. Centuries later the landscape was chosen for a number of Bronze Age burials. Much later still, it was used for early Christian graves.  Then down towards Torphichen and then down the Avon gorge heading towards Linlithgow Bridge. [We lost 2 cars but they joined us by taking the second entrance to the Gorge] We headed for Bo’ness via Linlithgow Bridge and drove to the Corbie Inn.

We said goodbye to a few of our MX5 friends but the rest of us headed indoors. We were met with a warm welcome from Gail the owner and her staff. We all enjoyed the warmth of the blazing fire too. We were pleased to see Marcia and Carol who had come to have dinner with us. After the orders were taken it was raffle time and £80.00 was collected for our two chosen charities.

As usual the first run of the year was short as the weather in March is so unpredictable. However the MX5 style roads, chat and laughter of the members, plus a warm welcome and the roaring fire made a good MX5 event.

Report by: Maria

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19th Mar 2017 19:01 :: Jacqueline & Ian
First run of the year and the weather gods were kind to us. Great to be out having fun with our MX-5 friends again. Many thanks to Maria and Jim for organising it for us :-)

19th Mar 2017 19:45 :: Belinda & George
Thanks to the organisers. All new roads for us - the 2nd part of the run from Dobbies coffee stop to Bo'ness was especially good, as was the meal. Thanks again.

19th Mar 2017 20:19 :: Stewart
Many thanks to Maria and Jim for another good run to start the season.

19th Mar 2017 21:14 :: alan
Thanks to Maria and Jim for organising a great run.

19th Mar 2017 22:29 :: Mary and Davy
Thanks Maria and Jim for a good first run.

20th Mar 2017 13:22 :: Wattie97
Great start to 2017 run season. Nice wee short run and lunch venue was grand. Well done Fordies great start.

20th Mar 2017 15:02 :: Jim and Maria
Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday and made our first outing of the year a good day out. Car run report to follow.

21st Mar 2017 12:13 :: Ian
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