August 2016 - Anton's Gowt & Boston
Sixteen keen walkers met at the Malcolm Arms on a warm morning and following the group photo, taken by the landlord (CAMRA member) in front of his multi floral pub, we were briefed on the route by leader David Hancocks. We then crossed over the locks and onto the old railway track which ran alongside the River Witham, which that day was holding the Dragon Boat Races where multi crews raced against each other using three "Dragon" boats. Several of the trekkers climbed the steps to the lookout point which gave grand views of the landscape. Further along the banks were teeming with spectators, crews, retail tents, and entertainments. Eventually The Witham pub was reached where pints of IPA and Speckled Hen were downed sat outside.
The return route made a detour so that we could view the fallow deer. As the party neared the Malcolm Arms leader David was unfortunately suddenly taken ill at the roadside. Fortuitously passing by was Rachel, a doctor and Miki and Martin's daughter. An ambulance was called by Liz and eventually David was transported to hospital, accompanied by Elaine. We later learned that evening that David had been discharged home and was resting.
Although things had put a dampener on the outing the walkers repaired to the pub for lunch along with Rachel (to whom we are indebted), local MP Matt (who was presenting the prizes to the dragon boat winners) and baby Eleanor. Beers on offer were Hoptathlon Seventh Heaven from Wychwood, and Banks Bitter.
After tasty lunches were taken and beers dispensed Nigel thanked the good doctor and hoped that David made a speedy recovery, adding that this was surely a first for Fenland in that a member of the medical profession, the local MP, and their baby, had joined us for our Sunday lunch.