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Bath to Shrewsbury... steaming all the way!
By Dawn Goold

The Goold Family have been attending the 'Bishops Castle' rally since the late 1980s. We've enjoyed a warm welcome to the rally over the years, so, we were really excited the Society had invited the Sentinel Club to attend this anniversary event.

Justin as driver, with Boot and Dawn swapping out for firing halfway. The journey from Bath to Shrewsbury is approx 140 miles and took us 5 and half hours, with one waterstop. Over the course of the weekend most of the family were able join in the fun.

After a day of rest (and cleaning!) we set off at 9am from the rally site Onslow Park, to Bishops Castle where most engines and some Sentinels were starting the road-run. With a very enjoyable lunch stop, we returned to the rally after 50miles steaming to drop off the 'littleones' and proceeded into Shrewsbury town with a brief visit to the Morris's Oil Works, followed by a visit to the original Sentinel Waggon Works.

On Saturday evening some of the S-type owners decided to go for a road-run to the pub, only a short distance away, but beautiful scenery. The pub sits alongside a river, a perfect spot for a pint!

The rally was a huge success, the rain was limited and the crowds flooded in. A good selection of steam engines and other vintage vehicles were on show. To top off an enjoyable weekend, we were graciously awarded the ‘Best Waggon’ cup, presented by the mayor of Shrewsbury.

Thankfully our return journey went well... so no ‘new’ major repairs to do this winter!

Thanks for a great show,

Dawn Goold

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