I was surprised also to be with Linda when we were up to our ankles in mud, when she got a phone call from a MHF member sitting in his MH asking her when his turn for a tow would be.
My right to reply:
This was (presumably) me being referred to. And the reason? At 9.50am we were asked if we were "ready to go" Our response was "yes"
"Then start your engine, remove your levellers, get your windscreen wipers going, clear your windscreen...your "slot" is the third one from now".
At this time there weren't all that many vehicles ready for the "off" though of course numbers increased dramatically as the morning progressed.
So, having that info, and not been in this situation before we assumed that there was some sort of order, and that our tow-off was imminent. A reasonable assumption to make I think.
By 1120 we were still waiting so I texted Linda a polite message but got no reply. The call Ray refers to I made at 1205, again politely, ...well over two hours after we had been told to start up, chocks away and get ready to move.
By then of course I had realised that there was no system and that quite a few mhomers around us had tried to move off, got themselves stuck in a position which meant THEY had to be moved before anyone else could be. A bit selfish I thought.
Or, (as has been admitted earlier in this thread) tractors were "commandeered" by some mhomers....which naively I took as being "jumping the queue" (bearing in mind I'd been told we'd be third in line over 2 hours ago)
So that was the reason for the phone call....to establish if there was still a pecking order and if so where we lay in this.
Now an important point-when we eventually left at 12.30pm I made a point of thanking Linda and other Marshalls (sorry- don't know them by name) and emphasised that I had no complaint at all about their actions; perish the thought - I was aware as anyone else of how hard they were working under extreme conditions & I have made a comment to that effect in this thread.
It was unfortunate that communications broke down in some way as we were certainly under the impression that a system existed which meant we were third next to go.
Sorry for the length of this Post but it does annoy a little when comments are made by people without them apparently being aware of the full context of the situation.
If these circumstances had occurred with someone else I certainly wouldn't have been "surprised" that a phone call was made. Knowing the full facts hopefully some of you may now agree