The Surrey Street Rodders have supported a few charities and deserving individuals from Godalming, Surrey over the past few decades, but we rarely get much contact with the recipients, which is quite understandable. So to get an invite from the local Council to help switch on the town’s Christmas lights came as a bit of a shock. Street rodders getting public recognition for work in the community? Blimey!
Ned, (Gary), Jason, Paul, Andrew and myself congregated at the Borough Hall, loaded up the celebs, (Anthea Turner was the only one I knew), and some of the cast from local amateur and professional pantos, dignitaries and other guests and then proceeded at a snail’s pace up the main Godalming High Street. It was quite something being surrounded by the crowds, jostling to see more, although I think Jason was more interested in those quite "minimal" panto costumes the girls were wearing! Half a mile of slipping clutch later and getting a tad hot, the rods were parked up at the "Pepperpot", which was the towns' meeting place in days of old. We then spent the next half an hour mixing with Eagle Radio and the celebs, didn't we Tazet! Tanya elbowed a woman out of the way to get a better shot of the cars & crowds –it was Anthea Turner. After the lights had been ceremoniously switched on, to the accompaniment of suitable oohs & aahs from the assembled crowd, we watched the sponsored head shaving of two of Godalming’s local Policemen. Our dignitary duties fulfilled, it was time to say our Goodbyes to Anthea, Santa & the Christmas Crew & slip away for a very pleasant Italian meal.
What a brilliant way to start Christmas!