We left Burnley at 9.30 for our journey to the north east, enjoying several glasses of Bucks Fizz while travelling via the M6 and the A69 to our destination 2 miles south of the town of Hexham. We arrived at this pleasant racecourse set in the Northumberland fells around 12.30, being greeted by the normal northern hospitality.
We enjoyed a three course meal before the afternoon racing took place, and the racing was more productive for some than others. The afternoon was made better when several of the party made a killing on the last race by backing the winner at 14/1.
We intended to celebrate this success by stopping at the Woolpack for a celebratory drink only to find it had closed and reopened as an Indian restaurant, therefore keeping our alcohol intake to a minimum.
We arrived back at about 9.30 looking forward to our next extravaganza, the Weekend trip to Portsmouth in December which 40 people have already committed themselves.