Fareham & MacDuff Twinning Weekend. 12/14 May 2023

7 members of Fareham travelled to the north of Scotland, some 650 miles to play Petanque and catch up with old friends and make new ones

Sue and Gerry with Paul and Sheila, and Gary and Lois, took the opportunity to extend the trip to see some more of Scotland. Roz had to travel by train on Thursday evening as the original plan to travel was scuppered by a rail strike. This resulted in Malcolm driving to Aberdeen, about an hour away, to pick her up at 11.30 pm

On Friday we were welcomed by Malcolm and Shelly Mackenzie for a fish supper and to play Petanque at their home, overlooking McDuff harbour. A wood fire was built as the evening became a bit cool. Lovely, until we realised all our clothes stank of wood smoke, which lingered somewhat.

Saturday morning, we joined MacDuff Sharks for their usual Saturday Melee, in brilliant sunshine. Gary White won the match and was awarded a trophy and a gift of Petanque measure and Jacks. 2nd was Lou Robinson from MacDuff. 3rd was Malcolm Mackenzie.

We were invited to go to a Whisky tasting in the afternoon, later we played Bingo in the club room in the evening and had a very good time and picked up quite a few prizes.

Sunday was the main event. 11 Teams from across the region came to play. Fareham Fillies and Fareham Oaks played 5 games in pouring rain which gave way to cold scotch mist after lunch. Teams from Carnoustie and MacDuff played their first open event.  Fochabers were 1st 5 wins plus 38 and Fareham Fillies 5 wins plus 32, 2nd . Just a few points in it.

An Indian meal was arranged for Sunday evening with some of the McDuff club. 20 people in all.

Many thanks to Malcolm and Shelly and all at MacDuff Petanque club. We have issued an invitation for them to come to us next time.