I kick started the month with one of my Charity Events which was a Whisky Talk & Tasting at the Town Council Offices. An informative and enjoyable talk was given by Neil Ridley, who is an ambassador for Diageo Single Malt Whisky, followed by a tasting of 5 malt whiskies, a drink which is, unfortunately, not on my list of favourites – but I tried!
Feast Week proved very busy but also very enjoyable. It started with judging the flower displays at shops, businesses and local homes before attending The Ibstock Brick Brass Band Annual Concert which was held at St. Mary’s Church, Lutterworth by the Royal British Legion which was excellent. Then the week continued with a visit to the Lutterworth Fire Station Open Day.
I also assisted with judging the Lutterworth’s Got Talent Competition held at The Whittle, The Shambles and The Red Arrow pubs. The entrants were good and varied but it was a shame more people did not feel brave enough to enter, but maybe next year.
The shops dressed their windows in keeping with the Caribbean theme of the Carnival and choosing a winner from them was difficult but Edmonds & Slatter Opticians won.
I was Quiz Master at the Cricket Pavilion for the Feast Week Quiz where 17 teams enjoyed a variety of question and puzzles set by Gill.
A Wii ten pin bowling competition was tried but my attempt failed to win.
Carnival Day arrived with black clouds and rain but it did not dampen spirits with a large turnout of floats and walkers in the parade and a record number of stalls on the park. I am so used to walking around the parade with my walkie talkie next to my ear, and my high-vis jacket on, that I did not feel comfortable riding around in a car but still managed to enjoy my day – Just!!
I also managed to fit in cutting the ribbon for new Estate Agent's Bartram & Co which opened in the Town Centre.
The month ended with a visit to “On Your Marks” a charity day hosted by Asda at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. It was an excellent day and I got to be driven around in a high performance car at high speed which unfortunately left the track on one of the corners and sent me spinning which meant I was beaten by Gill and her female driver! A trip around a 4 x 4 course was also great fun. Several aerial displays and stands filled the day and I also got to meet Geoff Hurst who scored the hat trick in the World Cup final in 1966 (see pic!)