TSSC Leicester and Rutland Sunshine Rally, 4th – 6th August 2023

One of our favourite weekends. This report is taken from the article sent in to the Courier.

Despite the lack of sunshine, the Leicester and Rutland ‘Sunshine Rally’ was another resounding success. To be fair, the sun did put in an appearance on the Sunday, after allowing the rain to dominate on Saturday.

When we arrived on Friday afternoon, there were already several tents and caravans, and a good number of Triumphs, on the field. We pitched up and soon after everyone was summoned to the marquee for a welcome to the weekend, with local speciality Pork Pie and/or cake to accompany a cuppa. Friday evening saw quite a gathering in the bar, for a drink or two and a quiz. The rain started overnight and continued throughout the next day. A few people braved the rain to do the organised run, others selected parts of it (apparently a garden centre with scones and fresh cream was a popular choice). Others, including us, remained at camp and took the opportunity to catch up on some reading and snoozing. A game of bingo in Keith and Lynne’s tent created a welcome distraction from the weather, along with a few other games from Jane’s bag of tricks.

Saturday evening saw us back in the bar for a Dave Smith version of the Mr and Mrs quiz, with couples having to sit back-to-back and indicate which of them did various tasks, by raising either a pink or a blue balloon into the air.  A tiebreaker ‘suck it and run’ caused Lynne to almost pass out, but she and Keith managed to qualify for the final, which they won – congratulations to Mr and Mrs Lister!

Sunday dawned a much better day, which meant most of us set off to do the scatter treasure hunt, driving round Rutland and stopping off at some very pretty villages to answer a few questions. Back to the campsite for the traditional Show and Shine, followed by prize giving and raffle, before people began to pack up and head off home. Many thanks to Dave and Jan for organising what was a great weekend.

As the season comes to an end this is the last “Weekenders” report. We hope you have enjoyed a look at some of the TSSC camping weekends.