The eight candidates assembled at Manor House to present their ideas for which direction we should all take. First “up to bat” was Heather representing the Gregory party proposing an anticlockwise route to Bainton, North Dalton, Londesborough and promising an injection of cash for the Fiddle Drill.
Dissension arose immediately when the second representative of the Gregory party outlined the complete reverse idea, arguing that we’d gain much more advantage going “with the flow” and investing our “hard earned” in the Hutton Cranswick Farm shop industry. His eloquence and persuasiveness won the day as the candidates set off towards Cherry Burton.
Leading the way to Etton was Mathew for the Meade party closely followed by Kevin representing the Brown Party. Turning onto the Kiplingcotes road the candidates were then subjected to the wrath of the prevailing wind movement. On reaching the hustings of Market Weighton the first exit poll showed it was time for Matthew to drop out while the remaining candidates continued on to Londesborough.
Taking up the front running was Neil for the Gregory party followed closely by “The Cap’n” of the Pugwash party. Heading down Intake Hill was a bit of light relief before the tough questions to be faced as the candidates headed upwards to Nunburnholme top. The strongest showing at this point was Heather followed closely by Stephen representing the Guest party with Russell for the Savage party alongside. An impressive showing following his recent recovery from injury.
With the hard questioning now behind, it was relatively plain sailing as the candidates continued with the winter sun and breeze on their backs as they headed down to Middleton-on-the-Wolds. After safely negotiating the pitfalls on the road, it was time to head to North Dalton then Bainton before a final flourish to Cranswick.
At the farm shop, the candidates found a lively and thriving community. Despite the myriad of “goodies” on offer they were unable to realise Heather’s request for a plate of poached eggs. Perhaps there will have to be a public inquiry. Following another exit poll, Kevin decided to drop out while the remaining candidates headed back over Bracken.
Now following party lines, the candidates returned to the Houses of Beverley. Steve dropped out at the next exit poll as the rest turned to the right making their way to South Dalton then Etton. Everyone agreed it was a superb campaign, though slightly longer than more recent Friday outings.