The Derek Taylor Memorial Run, Sunday Jul 15th 2018

The Derek Taylor Memorial Run, Sunday July 15th 2018

The sun shone brightly on Sunday the 15th July when twenty eight cars and members gathered to take part on this unprecedented event. The event was poignant but not unhappy, it showcased what our club is all about, it was a celebration of club and committee member Derek Taylor’s life by a group of friends whose lives had been enriched by knowing this generous and cheerful man. Derek’s widow Gwen along with daughter Heather, son-in-law Quint and granddaughter Jade took part and completed the run. Kudos Gwen!.

Derek launched this run about seven years ago, his first, when The Plum & Partridge was known as The Balmoral. Things can change in seven years so Charles and Dennis did a visit round the route to make sure that nothing had altered in the interim. It proved to be just as enjoyable this
time around.

As we had done seven years previously we all met at The Ainsty Farm Shop on the A59 at Green Hammerton for bacon sandwiches and coffee, picking up our route directions and leaving when we were ready for a very enjoyable 47 mile jaunt which took in both breathtaking views over The Vale of York and enchanting moments in sun dappled tunnels formed by ancient woodlands, not to mention the transit of a babbling ford through a fairytale stream. At Sutton Bank we were able to take a comfort break at the Visitor Centre and admire the swooping gliders from the nearby Gliding Club.

The Plum & Partridge our Sunday Lunch venue saw 45 members sitting down to enjoy a splendid lunch. Charles thanked all those to whom thanks were due before handing over to Gwen. Gwen then made an upbeat and touching speech which emphasised how much pleasure she and Derek had gained from their membership of our club.

Derek had been a tireless servant of the club and actually in our files are a further five previous runs that Derek and Gwen have done and these are ready to be reused, could the Derek Taylor Memorial Run become an annual event? We will remember him with affection and respect. We all enjoyed a glorious run with a great turn out, smiled on by marvellous sunshine. Plus most importantly, lashings of the fellowship that makes the City of Leeds MG and Classic Car Club so unique.

Ken & Lesley Faithfull