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post #291 of 308 (permalink) Old 01-05-2012, 07:37
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I have to say it's fantastic to read that so many of you enjoyed your weekend despite the awful weather and ground conditions.

I've been reading a thread on the Warners forum where there's lots of moaning at Warners, and as we were in the cattle sheds I was beginning to think that maybe they had a point. However without fail everyone we met was really cheerful, and reading all this has confirmed for me that anyone moaning must be in the minority, and maybe has that outlook from the start.

It really did show the great community spirit of all motorhomers.

I also enjoyed meeting up with some of you too, and having a chat.

Weirdest thing for us was when we found out that one couple we were chatting to came from exactly the same council estate in Essex as us, and the the other couple who were at our stand said they were too!

Roll on Carmarthen, Newbury, etc.!

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post #292 of 308 (permalink) Old 01-05-2012, 08:03
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Peterborough Show Rally

We would like to also say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who ran the rally. It was a tiresome weekend for you all getting people on and especially off their pitches in the appalling weather we had. We still enjoyed ourselves despite the rain but didn't have chance to socialise like we normally do with our fellow campers. Never mind, another time. Thanks again.
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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.
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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
not being at the show i can only imagine how horrid it must have been, this was inevitable with the torrential rain over several days, clearly the marshalls and other helpers did a super human effort to sort every body out, i dont see how a system could be in place when one incident can set off a knock on effect, as mavis posted after your thread.

i wouldnt take any comments personal, i would have probably muttered the same in the heat of it all, what does come out of this is that warners need to be planning for all eventualities as they take the cash,
when ever i'm on a rally its evident what a great job the marshalls do, which is why i have always said there costs should be levied into eveybody elses costs,
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Ps. We will not be volunteering for the Peterborough Show next year. I will be washing my hair that weekend.
Really surprised you've got any left after such trauma

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Rain ......... What Rain !!

Thanks to all the marshals for all their efforts over a very tiring 5/6 days at Peterborough.

I think the work that the marshals do even when it is dry is to be applauded, never mind when it rains from Wednesday to Sunday and 100 motorhomes turn up to camp in a field. It must be remembered that marshalling duties are voluntary and apart from a small reward by the show organisers and Nuke, is essentially unpaid. When it rains like it did at Peterborough, full-time wages and bonuses would not make me (or most other members) do the job they do, with plenty of smiles and kind words.

I applaud all the people who waited patiently to be towed out of the field, some waiting for several hours without a sign of complaint. Most could see that the marshals were struggling against the odds to get people off as quickly as possible. Cries of "shame on you" to those that showed themselves up by having very little patience at all, or by screaming and shouting at marshals and/or other campers. I don't care how frustrated you are, verbally abusing people who are working for the benefit of others is a big "no-no".

Rant over, and believe it or not, I did have a very enjoyable time at Peterborough and look forward to the next show at Newbury (and hopefully a bit of sun, but definitely NO RAIN :P )

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Just to say thanks to the marshals who did an amazing job, with smiles, in such horrid conditions.
We arrived Thursday and thanks to the marshals guidance drove onto our pitch.
We debated leaving on Sunday but stuck it out to see the sun on Monday.
We managed to reverse off our pitch straight onto the surrounding road and thanks to Uncle Norm for bringing our grip mats to us.

It was a very enjoyable show although we didn't actually manage to get round it all.

Hope the rest of the show rallies have great weather.

Once again thanks very much to all the marshals.
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We managed to stick it out until Monday. The sun had been shining and a good drying wind meant a slightly improved chance of getting away under our own steam. With new Toyos on the front, I was able to do just that. Off in one!!

We were one of the last half dozen or so, and that lady Linda was still running around, looking after the needs of others.

AuntieSandra and I would like to reinforce the HUGE vote of thanks to Linda and Mike, RayC and Lesley, Mike and Mike and any others that helped with the problem solving.

Overall, we had a very pleasant weekend, going round the show a few times, spending a little money, avoiding the deepest mud. We enjoyed the evenings too, split between the various venues. But the evenings were made so much more enjoyable by the fine company that we were with, especially Sue and John, and Rosalie and Alan, RoadProAndy, Domanal and gang... It was good!! Thanks!

Because we had a Caravan Club Nite Voucher which expired on 30 April, Sandra and I headed for Clumber Park where we enjoyed a balmy afternoon. The sun was warm, the breeze gentle... until the evening rain came. A touch of deja vue!!
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hi to all, ive just arrived home from a week in uk, i went to the peterborough show on fri and saturday as a day visitor and stayed at the travelodge on the edge of the show ground, my room backed onto what i thought looked to be the mhf field ??i wanted to stay and go round again on the sat but the weather was pants so i decided to head off, so sorry i did nt get to meet any forum members but hey theday will come, at least i chatted to strangers, adopted yet another dogs trust dog and know i definately want a second hand burstner after chatting to a couple selling their van through bundersvan, had a good time and weather not too bad on fri .
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Never got a chance to call and thank the MHF folk due to the way I had to leave the field so thank you very much .You done a great job appreciated by all who were there.

Thank you also to Troy who made our trip possible
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Can I also say a HUGE thank you to all the MHF rally people who did a great job in really horrible conditions. We were lucky in that a helpful guy with a 4x4 towed us off, all it cost was a bottle of wine. Must have saved us a long wait, but mean't that we just had to go without saying thanks.

By the way Snow Socks do not work on a wet muddy field!!!

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