This year the traditional “Scottish Tour” was away in Lincolnshire.
Everybody checked in mid-afternoon on Thursday at our hotel in Toft. Tea and biscuits on arrival, and before we knew it, we had to get ready for the evening meal. One of our Tour organizers, Roger Galvin, surprised us with our Tour prezzie, a souvenir quattro polo shirt, what a fabulous idea! After dinner, we all moved to the bar for a good old catch up.
Friday morning after a full English breakfast, time to set off in the quattros. The weather was kind to us as we zipped through the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside quattro style, heading for our coffee stop at The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle. After lunch, we continued our drive through pretty villages to the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.
What an amazing place! A memorial to all those who lost their lives, supporting bomber command during WWII. This is a must visit, holograms help tell the story of how the RAF and all those involved contributed to the war. Every half hour the air raid siren sounds and the museum comes to life, a poignant reminder.
After lunch, we started the second leg of our Friday drive and unfortunately, it started to rain. We headed back towards Bourne through the beautiful but soggy Lincolnshire scenery.
Saturday morning we set off (in the rain!) towards the coast. A few wrong turns were taken but we all made it to the morning coffee stop, before heading off towards – SKEGVEGAS! The beautiful stone villages make way for caravans and amusement arcades! After a brief stop, we continued our drive to Mablethorpe.
Quite a wet afternoon but nothing stopped the quattros! Back in Toft in the afternoon for a nice cup of tea and biscuits, and a good chat with fellow members before dinner. Traditionally in all qOC Tours, Saturday night is Gala Dinner time and everyone dresses up for the occasion. Needless to say, we all had a great evening.
As always, the organizers worked very hard for this Tour, without these members giving their free time, Tours would never happen, a great thank you from all of us.