Well hello fellow Corp members.

Well home again after a wonderful weekend hosted by the crew of the HMD Wallenstein. (Special thanks to Adrian and Paula for putting up members of the HMD Empress crew in their billet)
We arrived a little later than anticipated, due to strong winds and even stronger spirits the night before, we were greeted by a flurry of activity which mainly involved trying to fit a vast number of chairs into a small land conveyance. (WOW they all fitted, I knew my many years of playing steam Tetris would come in handy)

After struggling into my uniform and donning my Fez, I went and joined the gathering 'throng'. We drew lots to see where we were to sit, capital idea, which meant that we were sitting with new people which really helped to break the ice. I was asked to say grace (Oh I was so tempted to say the old classic prayer of 'Rubba dub dub, thanks for the grub') and we ate a sumptious five course meal, changing seats a couple more times for good luck.

After the meal we retired to the Von Cudworths abode, where we were entertained with Tea identification, steamboat endurance racing and a gentlemans club in the garden. All in all it was a very pleasant evening in the company of like minded friends.

The following day we had another enjoyable day at Hales bar in Harrogate (gas lit bar) where we had a few other activities such as the best dressed Chap and the finest filly competion and of course the now traditional hat tower, and dare I say it it was the finest tower I haver ever seen.

After posing for some photographs outside the pumprooms we had a brief tour and talk on the history of Harrogate and its springs and actually taking of the water (absolutely disgusting - it took me over a day to get rid of the taste yuk!

Again thank you to all that attended, it was an excellent weekend and I'm looking forward to the next one.

(Below) Crew members about to toast the Queen Huzzah!

(Below) Gentlemans club