Caroline and Bryan Short were already there, when we arrived, as well as George, Larry, Les, Anna Bryant and Sue Etheridge, who seemed to be making a remarkable recovery after her recent and unfortunate accident on black ice. Bryan Richardson had offered to chauffeur Sue and Iris Buckler, both of whom we were all delighted to see, but then he fell ill and so Anna helpfully provided the service. Roger Floyd was there with Eddie and wife, Andy Prideaux and Jane, too. (Have I missed anybody? Apologies if I have.)
Those of us who had cycled to the Leaping Salmon were all pretty hot after our exertions; so much so that Graham Reed sensibly took his sweat-soaked cycling shirt off on arrival. Good move. The pub was badly heated and what with long waits between courses, I began to get hypothermic in my wet and clogging cycling gear - which really did spoil the pleasure of being in such congenial and warm-hearted company.
The meal was, however, reasonably priced and the meal was well cooked - when it came. We broke up - none too early from my point of view - at about 3.45 pm, glad to warm up again on our bikes after a good hour and a half of well-meant refrigeration and make it home before dark. Maybe someone should say something? Or perhaps a different venue for next year?
Photos courtesy of Graham Reed.