ROY’s Rotary Weekend 2018 Friday 18th thru’ Sunday 20 th May 2018 Devon

Our long awaited visit to the English Riviera started at the comfortable time at 9am on Friday May 18th.

(written by Graham Thomas)
Our tour leader Roy was waiting at the front seat of the coach, resplendent in his flamboyant orange trilby and attended by his mindful wife Elaine. Ray, our usual driver is now on lighter duties.


Roy and Elaine had organised the weather and the sun shone to display England at its best. We took the scenic route. We stopped at Dorchester for coffee. A town made famous by Thomas Hardy with books like The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Exeter was our stop for lunch with Roy organising a guided tour of the Cathedral. We journeyed to Torquay to the Headland Hotel, selected by Roy from the many good hotels in the area. Roy’s choice was a winner.

Set on a cliff overlooking the sea at Torbay, it previously was built for the Russian Romanov family in the 19th century. We were welcomed with tea and biscuits whilst our luggage was delivered to our rooms Dinner at 7.30 was enjoyed by all, with a choice from an extensive menu.

A singer and Bingo followed for interested guests. The remainder of us retired to comfortable beds and pre wedding TV.

Saturday began with a sumptuous breakfast which was needed for the full day’s programme ahead.

Firstly to join the open roof double decker for a sat trip to Totnes meeting up with our Dart river cruise aboard the Cardiff Princess to Dartmouth with views over to the famous Royal Naval College.

We were able to explore the town before taking the ferry to Kingswear to take the vintage steam railway to Paignton and built by Brunel. Adam our driver met us to return to our hotel for a pre dinner drink and another wonderful dinner.

Sunday dawned and an early breakfast preceded our drive to Dartmoor with an excellent local travel guide. He guided us past Hay Tor to Widecombe for coffee and our usual group photograph.

We returned to Torquay where most of us went for lunch at RockFish for a local fish treat.

Roy further entertained us aboard the coach his popular council anecdotes and Irish Jokes.

Graham announced the quiz winners and handed out the winners prizes locally financed and especially chosen by Roy.

Returning safely by Adam of Truemans to the Holiday Inn, Frank was waiting at Wings  Chinese restaurant for those who wished to round off after a fabulous weekend

Thank you Roy and Elaine

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