Friday 21st July 2023 – David Silver Visit

A group of four HOC members met at the BP service station at Scole at 10:00 for a cross country ride out to the David Silver Museum at Leiston. The route included a short run along the A143 to Harleston, followed by the twisty B1123 to Metfield and Halesworth, followed by the A144 to Bramfield and our first tea/coffee stop at the Two Magpies Bakery at Darsham.

A highlight of the social chatter at Darsham was Dean regaling us with stories (sometimes gruesome) of his service in the RNLI. He also gave us an insight into some of his favourite hobbies. Some of these were startling and worthy of a separate report – suffice to say that some of them were well outside what might be considered the mainstream for a newly retired gentleman of a certain age …..!

Following our refreshments we continued to Leiston through some delightful Suffolk country lanes via Dunwich Forest and Westleton. At the Museum we briefly met Martin, another HOC member who unfortunately had work
commitments that day. Nonetheless, the museum was a thoroughly enjoyable
experience for the group and a pleasant trip down memory lane. The museum is the largest of its kind in the UK with numerous Honda motorcycles from early days beautifully presented. Two of our members, David and Dean also took the opportunity to purchase some spare parts for their bikes, albeit there were some dark mutterings about the cost of postage of certain items …! Hopefully, the half-price museum admission may have been of some comfort!

Following the museum visit, three of us continued to The Kitchen at Thorpeness for lunch with the good wishes of Graham, who unfortunately had to return home. The sausage rolls at The Kitchen lived up to their reputation and were eagerly scoffed by all. After further lively social chatter, the day concluded with a pleasant bimble back to Harleston where everyone went their separate ways.

Thank you to all those who attended what was a very pleasant day out.

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