The star of the show...AGM XXXV
Where to start...?
I suppose I could just say something like 'AGM XXXV took place, as planned, at the Tanfield Railway last Wednesday and a great time was had by all'. But that wouldn't go anywhere near to describing what a splendid AGM it was.
It's not as if there was a huge turnout, either. Unusually, when I arrived there was no-one else there at all; and I wasn't expecting anyone else to arrive, either. The weather was atrocious - deeply overcast, wet, drizzly, windy and cold. Not really AGM weather, then...
Hildie was the first to arrive after me. And let's face it - it's always good to see Hildie. She's not only a mainstay of AGMs, either. It's largely down to her enthusiasm and positive frame of mind that the Honourable Company of Truckshunters has survived all this time. Isn't she an awesome Company secretary? Without her, we would all have gone our separate ways years ago - and I'm so glad we didn't.
Vivienne was next. She became the Company's official photographer and resident mystic ages ago - and gets better and better in both roles. Most of the photos on this posting are hers - including a couple of the ones she's actually on.
Vivienne, too, is now a mainstay of AGMs and they're all the richer, more enjoyable - and much better photographed - because of her presence.
So thanks, too, to Vivienne.
Linda was the third truckshunter to arrive. She and Keith have had a really difficult year so it was especially good to see her at Tanfield. As it turned out, it was her irrepressible good humour and determination to enjoy herself that made this AGM so special for all of us.
I love this photo - i really do...
So what actually happened? Well...
The lovely picture Vivienne took at the Causey Arch
I can't help wondering what the little lad is thinking...
Our collective thanks for a typically splendid time must go to the stars of the show - the Tanfield Railway itself and its accommodating and understanding volunteers, one of whom is the wonderful Neville Whaler, who has now organised our Tanfield AGM for three years. Who would have thought we'd all still be together after all this time?
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Being photographed photographing
And a similar Thankyou to Mick and Christine at Birkheads Nursery, to which we all repaired for a warming posset afterwards. They selflessly allowed us to behave raucously and completely without regard for the comfort and safety of their other customers, who must have been wondering deeply...
...and a plank
Needless to say, Linda was involved in both, although I'm sure she would agree that neither was what you would call a complete success. I swear I danced the tango as best I could but ended up needing as much help as Linda did when she planked.
I never thought I'd see the day....
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