Fourteen MG's arrived at the Landsdowne Hotel in Llandudno on a hot sunny afternoon on Sunday the 18th June for a combined event with the South Yorkshire MG Club. The week was organised by Pat and Keith Hawes from SYMG and Dave and Maureen Sandersfield from our club. We were blessed with a very hot and sunny weather for most of the week enabling us to visit lots of the local beauty spots with top down motoring.
Reg Barratt had organised a number of runs of the week and we had a couple of excellent organised evening meals for the whole group otherwise went out in smaller gourds as we pleased and met back in the hotel to recount the days events.
Early in the week we visited the famous Bodnant Gardens near Betws-y-Coed, these gardens are very picturesque and full of bloom and new growth. After spending a few hours savouring the sites and the delights of their coffee shop we headed back towards Llandudno via the rocky outcrop known as the Great Orme. This can be approached by a tramcar or a cable car but we chose to drive up along a narrow road to the summit complex and the Captains Table Ice cream Parlour where we sampled the delightful ice creams, well with would be rude not to. The summit was exposed and very windy so we meandered backdown to Llandudno and met up with the others to swap stories about their day.
The following day we had a trip to Portmerion to visit the all known set of the 60th's television series
'The Prisoner' that started Patrick McGoohan as number six (this notable saying in the series was 'I am not a
number, I'm a free man'). We returned to Llandudno via Llanberis where we stopped for a photo opportunity and to admire the view of Snowdonia.
The next day we had a trip over to the Isle of Anglesey and up to the transport museum at Tacla Taid. This museum had a variety of interesting vehicles including some rare military ones (but no MG's!) there was also a very nice cafe where I took this very fetching picture of Margaret Scott and Maureen Sandersfield.
We returned via Beaumaris which is close to the Menai Bridge and is famous for it's 13th century castle. We parked in the shadow of the
castle and walked into down for some lunch. The car park was close to the pier and the castle and provided a good backdrop for a photoshoot.
It was soon time to head back but not before we had a photo stop after crossing the Menai Bridge seen here in the background.
On our last full day in Wales the weather had changed so we looked for a venue indoors and went to Penrhyn Castle near Bangor. This was more of a stately home built using money from the slate mines and built to represent a medieval castle. The castle housed a very interesting railway museum with a number of rare trains.
The week passed very quickly and we all enjoyed the planned events and the accommodation was excellent as we were made very welcome by Margaret and Bob the owners. Many thanks to Pat, Keith, Dave, Maureen and Reg for helping to make it the success that it was.