After the awesome Welsh walk, I played with our Rode Hall Silver Band in the Audlem parish church – St.James'. Chris and a few boaters from the marina came to listen. It went down very well.
On a rather wet Sunday, we drove into Crewe and visited the Heritage Centre – really a railway centre. There had been news that the A4 Union of South Africa was there giving brake van rides. We were not to be disappointed as the Gresley A4 was just back from the Cumbrian Mountain Express mainline excursion.
Complete with smokey double chimney
It seems that the mainline steam locos are using the Crewe Centre as a layover, for maintenance and interim running repairs.
There were no fewer than five locos there – including Britannia needing some work done.
With the 'not to be moved' sign
The Duchess of Sutherland was in – again, fresh from the Scarborough Flyer run
The Duchess is going over to the Severn Valley Railway for their Autumn Gala this weekend
On Tuesday, Colin (from the Marina) and I walked over the Long Mynd. It was wet and misty, though this did not deter from the enjoyment of this wonderful walking area.
I am doing the recce for a future Audlem Ramblers walk.
Colin admiring the view
Descending the valley – rather wet!
On Wednesday, the Tour of Britain Cycle Race came through Market Drayton – very exciting waiting in anticipation for the racing convoy to come through.
Police outriders clear the route
The Race Commissioner's car precedes the riders
The 11 man breakaway come through
The Sky Team lead the peleton
All over in minutes – still the TV highlights of the race through Wales was excellent!