Melanina’s funeral will be on
Monday 2nd July at 12.30 in St Thomas More church in Towcester.
After the service, she will be taken to be buried close to Alberto
in the Abthorpe cemetery. The wake will be at the New Inn.
profit. Lynn Neasham
treasurer of the Old School reported, “We have
made an amazing £2040.98. we are delighted.”
Women’s Tour of Britain
weeks ago some posters appeared round our village.”Advance
Warning. Cycle Event. Thursday 14th June. Expect
Delays.” What is that all about? A quick look on the
Internet revealed that the OVO Energy Women’s Tour of Britain
cycle race would pass through our village as the riders travelled
the 145km route between Rushden and Daventry.
The big day came and there was
an excited straggle of locals standing at the kerbside right
through the village waiting for something to happen. The road went
quiet. About ten minutes before the riders arrived a large number
of police motorcyclists; mostly riding BMW’s; shut the road and
ensured that no-one was able to come out of the side turnings. One
unfortunate driver was towing his caravan through the village when
the road closed. Police asked him to drive his vehicle into School
Lane but he couldn’t manage it in the short time available so
was given permission to park-up in the acceleration lane.
A phalanx of cars and
motorbikes – lights flashing – and plastered with
advertisements drove into sight. There were police cars,
marshals’ cars, photographers’ cars as well as those for
officials and race organisers. Riding in their midst was a lone
cyclist. Was she part of the race and had broken away from the
peloton? Who knows? Within seconds the brightly coloured peloton
of more than 100 cyclists whizzed down the Silverstone Road,
through the crossroads and entered the village. There were cheers
and shouts from onlookers but they all sped by so quickly and
disappeared over the brow of the hill towards Wappenham.
Team cars with spare bikes and
wheels on their roofs, medical cars, ambulances and other support
vehicles followed. They’d gone! Within minutes normal life
resumed. It’s not often a major sporting event comes to our
village. We’ll certainly remember it but will have absolutely no
idea who won.