Jan 202019

Camper Park La Ribera. 14 – 18 January. Santiago De La Ribera

 A quiet rally with only 11 vans attending.  Three were visitors from groups around the UK.  Joan and Arthur Giles from East Mids,  Margaret and Ray Williams from NW Mids and NW and Linda and Colin Heather from Yorks. Unfortunately our Secretary and Chairman couldn’t attend as they were in the UK.

The first rally of 2019 started at 2pm on Monday afternoon, with lots of hugs and New Year wishes. We were lucky with the weather as the sun shone and the temperature was over 20 degrees. Plenty of food and drink and much merriment were enjoyed at the meet and greet but unfortunately it only lasted until about 5 as the sun began to set and the temperatures dropped.

On Tuesday it was the first anniversary of the camper park and we were invited to Zumba in the morning, a Big Paella in the afternoon, which was superb and included a free drink. In the evening, live entertainment was on in the campsite bar and many of the group braved the evening temperatures to join the audience. 

On Wednesday we split, some went to the local market and then met up for coffee others went off on scooters or bikes to explore the area. In the evening we had a quiz in the campsite bar which was challenging to say the least.  It was won by Spanish members Bryan Kennedy, John Hanson and from East Mids, Jo and Pete Pilkiw who had joined us for the evening.

On Thursday the sun was shining so some of the group walked to the sea front for a coffee to work up an appetite for the rally meal which was in the campsite restaurant in the afternoon. The group took over most of the campsite bar for the meal in the afternoon and the staff pulled all the stops out to serve up a fantastic 3 course meal for 8 Euros.

Friday came round all too quickly; at 10.30 we had the coffee morning and prize giving. Ray and Margaret Williams won the van quiz. We had also discovered it was the 44th wedding anniversary of Colin and Linda Heather, our visitors from York’s so a bottle of Cava was presented to them. Everyone thanked the hosts Lou and John Hanson before setting off home.

Photos from this rally are in the gallery.