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Christmas Tour 2003





Everyone enjoyed the Christmas tour in 2002 so much that we decided to repeat the event in 2003, and changed the format to include a New Year's Eve party at Lesdain. This year we had an option of either a 3 day or a 2 day tour. Most of the people who came had already been on a least one of our tours. Karl and Mel, who were our very first customers when we started in 2002 came back again in their Devon 4x4 modified 300 Tdi Discovery. Andy and Caroline came a day early in their 4.6 HSE Range Rover as unfortunately Caroline had to work on New Years Eve. They originally were only going to stay for 2 days, but were enjoying themselves so much that they stayed for a third day, and dashed for home on December 31st.










Phil & Emma and Jonathan & Cathie returned in their 50th Anniversary V8 90 Defenders, as did Andrew & Julie in their Range Rover Classic V8. Jonathan had told his neighbours, Geoff and Marion, about the Easter trip, and they came along in their Defender 110 TD5. Sally, Austin and friends came in their red 300 TDi Discovery.
Dave joined us again in his 300 Tdi Discovery, and Graham came out from England in his ex-military Defender 90.











On the first day I went out with Andy & Caroline, and we went on the lanes round the North of Cambrai. It poured down with rain for most of the day, with the lanes turning into streams. It was still raining so heavily at lunchtime that we had to use the awning, and keep pushing it up to remove the lake which was forming on top of it.




By late afternoon the rain eased off and eventually stopped, but the temperature also started to fall as the wind also got up. That evening all the others except Andrew & Julie arrived and we all met at the Hotel Beatus, and were welcomed by Philippe, the owner, with a glass of Champagne before we all headed to Lesdain for Dinner.











The next morning we all met at the Hotel Beatus where Phil got a surprise. There had been a lot of joking over Dinner about Land Rover horns, and Phil said that his had died. Karl & Mel went early to Cora's (the local hypermarket) and bought him a "Barby Doll" pink plastic horn, and a bicycle bell which were duely attached to the mirrors. After stopping at the Cora filling station to top up the fuel tanks, very important with so many V8s even if some of them were running on LPG, we set off.



We visited the trench where the BBC series of the same name was fimed, and then we stopped mid morning for coffee by the Canal du Nord.





After lunch, by Havrincourt Wood where we found some shelter from the cold winds blowing in, we continued on round the West of Cambrai. We passed the Bois de Gauche which, like Havrincourt, is a place which saw very heavy fighting in 1917 and 1918.











We continued on via Villers Guislain and Honnecourt, returning just as it was getting dark. That evening Andrew & Julie arrived to join us for Dinner.

There were a lot of slippery lanes the next day, but nobody got really stuck, as we headed South towards Peronne, and then cut across eastward, stopping for lunch on the way, via Templeux le Guérard to Riqueval Bridge.

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