Sheep Naggers RallyReport on Sheep Naggers Rally held at Marshbrook, Salop (that's Shropshire to you) organised by Shatterford MCC
We attended this rally in force, nearly all of the regulars there; Phil & Christine Hogg, Alan & Sylvia Giddens, Steve Giddens, Dave & Angela Wood, Alan (the Banker) Barclay, John Jocys, Tony Cormack, Sid & Christine Beaumont, Mike Shepherd, John Davenport, Alan Dunnicliff, Ronnie Burgess, Brian Burgess (no relation) and loads of others. The main group from up north, came down the A49 Whitchurch - Shrewsbury - Church Stretton- then the last 3 miles to Marshbrook, right turn over the level crossing, past the pub [can't remember it's name] 50 yards field on the right. A smaller group with myself came thru Bridgnorth - Much Wenlock along Wenlock Edge and down to join the A49 at Church Stretton, passing Little Stretton before we reached the rally site. At Little Stretton there is a small camping site and nearby pub that I can recommend if any one passes that way.
How it happened or who suggested it I don't know but it was agreed that Phil Hogg was going to be gotten legless. We were going to lace his drinks. We were, as normal, leaning on the pub door from about half past five, having had the few at dinner time and cooked ourselves a meal after a small nap. The landlord eventually opened the door and let us in. There was a long table with a bench against the wall which we took possession of, guiding the hapless innocent victim and his recent wife to seats hemmed in from both sides. The plan being "Don't bother struggling to get out, one of us will get your drinks for you," at which a vodka was tipped into Phil's pint of bitter. Then for some unknown reason Christine's drink was being spiked as well. Oh well, you can imagine the results. They had to be escorted back to their tent at the end of the evening.
Sunday morning we all gathered around and went to see Phil and Chris and they were both in a bad way. Phil had been sick and Christine was not far off and we were called all the names you can imagine, in a very fragile manner.Les Hobbs
Ah yes, the Wayside Inn! Happy days.
- John J