Six members of the select Committee met at Market Cross on a bright sunny but cold morning. Mother Theresa had suggested we follow her Beverley-Routh-Exit plan, which would lead eventually to Burton Constable. Last to arrive on the scene was “See You Jimmy”, SNP representative for Beverley South & East, still sporting the after effects of his last bruising encounter. Boris was quick to take the lead as we headed along Hengate and on to Norwood.
Progress was smooth as the members all towed the line to the Swinemoor roundabout, leading to the Tickton cycle path. Waiting in the wings near Tickton Grange was Jeremy, the right honorable member for Tickton South, keen as mustard and ready to join the delegation as we continued onwards to Routh. Heading south towards Meaux the pace remained steady as Nigel, UKIP member for Keldgate and Lord Such, member for Molescroft assisted Boris and Theresa at the front. Turning onto Kidhill Lane caution was the watch word, especially on corners, in case of any residual ice.
After Skirlaugh, Nigel was given an encouraging “toot” from a passing lorry just before we left the main road heading for Old Ellerby. Vince Cable almost missed the next turn off, but a shout from the rest of the steering committee had him back on track. Part way along this section, Boris rode ahead to set up a photo opportunity as the group passed by.
On reaching the next junction by St James Church at Old Ellerby, there was dissention in the ranks, as some turned to the right, until Jeremy dragged everyone back to the left.
Arriving at Burton Constable, Boris with his usual panache was soon to discover the intransigence of the establishment as he tried to get access to the rear, through the shop. Angela Merkel confronted him saying “ze back door ist nein negotiable”, before turning on some Gallic charm and continuing “however, si vous avez beaucoup de change, you can take a seat on our gravy train”
The seven members gathered appropriately around table 7 to enjoy the hospitality on offer. Bacon sandwiches a popular choice once again.
All too soon, it was time to return. Fortunately the temperature outside had climbed marginally making the journey back to Beverley a little more pleasant. From Sproatley we took the Park road behind Burton Constable leading to Coniston and Swine before retracing our steps to Tickton. At this point the members returned to their constituencies to recommend this ride to their supporters.