Newbury New Year Rally

Clere School Newbury, Berks.

28th Dec 2010 - 2nd January 2011

New Yaer

It says something for the same rally to be run year after year and to be fully booked nearly a year in advance every time. Such a rally is the Newbury New Year rally. There is no doubt that it has been blessed with some excellent marshals and this year was no exception.

Sarah Crossley & Tony Goodsell, Brian & Denise Parsons, Dennis & Marion Tomlin, Tony & Addie Holt and Martin & Mandy Phillips worked like Trojans all day long so the rest of us could enjoy ourselves. If it wasn’t preparing food it was sorting entertainment or clearing up after us. They said it gave them a real buzz and who are we to argue with that? They certainly made a great team.

Some 45 vans squeezed into the grounds at Clere School, near Newbury, to enjoy a fantastic four days. The school hall was open each day from 11am so there was always somewhere warm and dry to go and socialise. At this point it's worth mentioning the school's caretaker Trevor, who made this happen and without whose help and support it would not have been the same rally.

For those wishing a run out there was absolutely no shortage of retail therapy and sale bargains in the surrounding towns. We came back with loads of goodies.

Each night we were served a banquet of tasty food, all prepared fresh in the school’s kitchen. No one went hungry; there were plenty of seconds on offer. There was even wine on the tables.

Then there was the entertainment. On New year's eve we had an excellent duo performing a large repertoire of popular songs. Apparently the girl was Tony Goodsell’s cousin. On the last night we had a take on the popular Mr & Mrs TV show with three plucky couples taking part and Peter Vowles proving an excellent compere. Give up the day job Peter I say. Of course I can’t move on without a mention of Peter’s granddaughter Danielle Mann, who donned a glamorous dress and high heels to play the part of Dolly Dealer. No stage fright for Danielle, she's a natural.

For some though, the highlight of the entertainment was a 10 minute act by the ‘Diamond Geezers’. This occurred without warning on the second night. Five sporting lads, who shall remain nameless, cavorted round the stage to music and ended up shedding quite a few of their clothes. They didn’t go too far of course but they did have the whole place in uproar.

The whole rally was a clear demonstration of the fact that when Swift Owners want to party they really know how to do it. Smiling faces and laughter abounded every night. So, if laughing is good for you, then we all had great benefit. The whole rally was an excellent tonic at such a cold and dark time of year. A huge thanks to the marshals and to all those who helped them.   


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This act was the best kept secret of the rally. Nothing to do with the TV series, the Diamond Geezers had more than a hint of the Chippendales about them.

They were not professionals but ordinary ralliers out to have fun and entertain us - and they succeeded big style.

This abbreviated video gives you a flavour of what it was all about. SOC members might like to see if they can recognise any of the voices and laughter coming from the audience.

Photos courtesy John Brailsford & Techtel
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