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Report from the Bluebell Run

Bluebell Run 2008

The Standards arrive at Kingsbury Water Park


We met at Beckett's Farm near Wythall, south of Birmingham, and twelve cars assembled for the run - ten Standards and the MG TD of Jeff and Hilary Dunn, one-time Flying Twelve owners. A particular welcome went to Ted Pickering, on his first West Midlands group event with his Flying Nine. We'd only gone a mile when we realised the verges and woods were covered in bluebells - it was almost miraculous. Just one week of warmth and a bit of sun had done the trick.

Lunch was at the Kingsbury Water Park, where the highlight was the Echells Wood Railway, a 7 ¼" line. We were really impressed by the size and scope of this railway, which used to be at the showground at Stoneleigh. Ten owner Malcolm Graham showed us round, and we had a ride on his tram. It's well worth a visit; I'll be going back!

Later we completed the second part of the run to Hoar Park where we had well-deserved light refreshments before leaving for home just as the heavens opened.

The start at Beckets Farm

The end at Hoar Park, with clouds threatening

Steve O'Hara

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