Socrates' tour of the UK

Celebrating 50 years of the Triumph Stag

Socrates was launched on his tour of the UK last year at the National Day at Beaulieu and although it was planned for him to tour and attend events over the whole year, finally arriving at the Silverstone Classic in 2020, his has been journey has been impacted, dare I say STAGNATED, by the arrival of coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown and restrictions on events imposed by HM Gov.

Once restrictions are lifted he will no doubt be endeavouring to make up for lost time so please do keep an eye open for him in the club magazine as he completes his journey to celebrate 50 years of the Triumph Stag.  

July

Socrates tour began at our National Day. He then made his way over to Cornwall, before making sure he had the roof up in a wet Wiltshire.


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August

August saw Socrates visiting Somerset where he indulged in the local beverage, and Dorset where he took in the views. He was then handed over to Wales where he was chased by the wildlife, needing some tasty Welsh cakes to recover, before being handed over to South Wales to continue his tour. He was also spotted this month at the Silverstone Classic, helping Lesley with the bacon butties and enjoying a parade lap around the famous circuit.


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September

In September Socrates' tour took him from South West Wales, through the North West of England, and ended in Scotland at the Bo'Ness show. Once again he had a great time, meeting the denizens and club members, taking in the sights and local produce!


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October

October saw Socrates make his way through Scotland where he took in the sights before running into a quite intimidating local! He thought he'd better have a quick drink to calm his nerves before heading back down South to England, but he thought it must have been a strong one, as he appeared to have gone back in time!


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November

November saw West Scotland take Socrates back from his visit to the 
Grampian area with a visit to the Kelpies in Falkirk. The Kelpies are a 
Scottish mythical water horse and the legend goes that they are 
supernatural and haunt Scotland's lochs and lonely rivers. It is usually 
described as appearing as a horse but is also able to adopt human form. 

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December 

Socrates tour of Norfolk began at the Heathside Diner where Socrates was treated to tea and bacon butties  before the convoy of five Stags set off for a tour with the first stop being outside the gates of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge's home at Anmer Hall. It was then on to the Sandringham Royal Estate.
 
Whilst the Stags and Socrates lined up for a Sandringham photo call Chris & Sue were stopped nearby having been blue lighted by armed police for a check up as it appeared the Stags had aroused their interest at Anmer Hall.

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December 2019 / Early January 2020

Socrates was collected from our friends in Norfolk and was taken on a tour of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and North Essex. It was only fitting that Socrates should wear a poppy whilst visiting the display of the Great War Soldiers on the green at Haughley.  Then on to Ipswich to have a look at the Ark followed by a sightseeing tour of Colchester, including a stop at their world famous zoo.

During the first week of January Socrates was handed over in the Essex village of Finchingfield.to continue his onward journey. 
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February 2020

There was a great turnout of members on Tuesday 4th February for the AGM at Overstone Manor with "Socrates" presiding over the event and an update given on where he has been thus far during his time in Northamptonshire.

Socrates had arrived from the Cambs Area and was handed over by Sue Cheffins to Northants very own Gary McCarroll. There followed a bit fun on the green outside Kimbolton House, but with the cafes and pubs closed and a cold wind blowing there was a quick departure to Chelveston and the hospitality of a lunch at David and Monica’s House as well as in impromptu opportunity to take the ”Spot Socrates” photo. Malcolm had brought his laptop so Northants members could view the photos taken so far and the Socrates Family Photo Album.

More photos of Socrates are being planned before he next gets handed over.


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March 2020

Five Stags from the Bedfordshire Area braved the storm to meet with Northamptonshire Members in the aptly named "The Stag" public house in Great Doddington to collect SOCRATES for the next stage of his journey.

During his time with them SOCRATES was lucky enough to be shown around the County and visited Dunstable Downs, Ivanhoe and the National Trust windmill before taking a ride on a small scale model railway. This was followed by attending the local Noggin & Natter to celebrate 40 years of Bedfordshire's membership of the SOC before heading to Luton to attend a football match between Luton Town and Brentford.      

Visits to Wrest Park, Houghton House and The Shuttleworth Collection followed ensuring he never had a dull moment before he was handed over to the Herts & North London Area for yet more escapades.

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March 2020 Part 2

Herts & North London Area hosted Socrates for a couple of weeks during March with the handover having taken place at The Old Hunters Lodge in Whipsnade.  

Not quite ready to leave Bedfordshire he took in the National Trust Visitors Centre on the Dunstable Downs before accompanying Paul Harrison on his daily drive to and from work.

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April 2020

South East London collected Socrates from Paul Harrison of the Hertfordshire & North London Area just before the Government Convid 19 restrictions came into force. In consequence he was treated to a whistle stop tour - first port of call was the O2 Arena and Emirates Cable Car, quickly followed by a trip to the Blackwall Tunnel and then the Cutty Sark in Greenwich - unfortunately the pubs had been closed by this time so he wasn't able to wet his whistle.

Crystal Palace radio and TV masts have been a prominent feature on the South London skyline for many years and gave a good photo opportunity before winging it to the WWII fighter station of Biggin Hill. 

All in all a grand day out especially as lockdown subsequently came into force.



 




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