Drive It Day April 2019 - Iceni Minors

28th April 2019 – Drive It Day

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Travelling to our starting point at Aldeburgh a number of us encountered some rain, but when we arrived at the car park near to the Scallop at Aldeburgh, although cold and grey, the rain had ceased. We were able to take a walk to see the Scallop which is a big metal shell by a local sculptor.  A good photo opportunity was had of our cars with his in the background. 

Eleven cars gathered for the start of our run which included nine Morris Minors, one Austin pick-up and a Morris Oxford traveller. Wendy and Dick Talbot, who had compiled the run, gave out route directions to us and we all proceeded to leave at 10-30am, through Aldeburgh and Leiston and on to Theberton where we were met by a metal cowboy complete with guns. 

Driving through the lovely Suffolk countryside we travelled past yellow gorse in flower and on through Blythburgh where two kind motorists let our convoy out on to the A12. I should think they wondered how many more Morris Minors were coming out of that turning?! Our refreshment stop was at the Urban Jungle at Beccles where we stopped for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, which was enjoyed amongst some very large indoor plants.

After our break we set off at intervals and briefly drove into Norfolk and then back into Suffolk via Somerleyton and on to Lowestoft.  We all eventually ended up at the Lifeboat station where we met up with Stuart who had come to tell us about the Lowestoft RNLI back in February.  We were able to see the Patsy Knight lifeboat which is a Shannon Class lifeboat that was in the marina. 

We ended the run by either having a walk into Lowestoft or having a meal at one of the eateries around the pier. One of our number had missed us at Aldeburgh and had their own version of the run and made it to the Pier.  One member had just turned into the entrance and had the misfortune of the petrol pump packing up, which led to on the street repairs. I am glad to say that he made it home safely. 

Thank you to Wendy and Dick for organising the run, we all had a good day.

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