April 2012 - Boston Treasure Hunt
Fen folk had to put on their thinking caps (as well as their drinking caps) when they met up at the Eagle in Boston for the Treasure Hunt on Saturday afternoon. Pat and Richard had set another of their devilishly devious sets of questions along with directions which would lead the teams a merry dance in and out of 6 pubs and along the town's streets and backwaters.
Clue sheets were handed out to team members whose first thoughts were to get another round of drinks in to ease the expected brain pain. The Eagle had an excellent selection of ales with Castle Rock's Harvest Pale, Black Gold, Elsie Mo, and Screech Owl. Also Brains SA, Banks Bitter, Youngers No.3, McEwans 80/- Ale and London Pride. The clue hunters moved from bar to lounge to corridor and back again in their searches and eventually drifted out into West Street searching for further answers.
Into the Golden Lion which most had not visited for years, if at all, and what a pleasant surprise. The landlord has been in situ for just over a year and welcomed all with York Terrier, Theakston Bull Bitter and Bass. British film stars from the 40s and 50s had to be identified from a large photo on the pub wall - not a problem for most of the well matured members.
Out again then to the Moon Under Water where the award winning Rudgate Ruby Mild was sampled along with Milestones St Georges and more clues solved. Out then into the bitterly cold north easterly that was blowing straight off the Steppes. The non natives were beginning to eye these British escapades of looking up at buildings, in at shop window notices and scribbling on bits of paper as just another eccentric trait. However during these wanderings it was gratifying to be asked by a Boston accent if we were lost. In a way we were but how nice to be asked.
Into the Carpenters Arms then for XB, Dark Mild and XXXB, up on the mezzanine floor for more clues then out into the blustery byways. Goodbarns Yard beckoned with its TT Landlord and Speckled Hen and some clues outside in the large garden which overlooks the river. The penultimate pub was the bustling Brittania with XB and juvenile scooter races.
Back to the Eagle for Pat and Richard to mark the papers, and a most welcome tasty buffet. The upshot of the tortuous treasure trove transpired that Tony and Eileen were the winning wanderers and presented with Olympic gold medallions. Runners up included the team "No Fools nor Horses" (where do they get them from?!) who received bottles of XXXB. It was good to see a couple of new members and we hope they will join Fenland again in future events.
Nigel thanked Pat and Richard for organising such an excellent day and were warmly applauded by all. Thanks also to the Eagle and landlady for hosting.