Swedish Day UK 2015.
Swedish Day 2014 was our 8th event and our second at Haslebury Mill, which is located just outside Crewkerne. A fantastic 19th Centaury Mill with lots of history everywhere you look.
A Carvery on the Saturday night was again, very popular and we managed to fill the attic restaurant with very happy diners. A big thank you to the chef and staff for making everybody very happy.
Sunday morning saw Kerry and I up with the larks to set up the flags and signs before Swedish cars started to arrive. We had the whole of Haselbury Mill at our disposal and needed to try and let everybody know where things were located.
Alex and Azabeth were on the main driveway at 8.30 when the first cars started to arrive, the sun was out and it was warm, a few showers were promised but mainly it was going to a be a very dry day. All the cars were parked around the very well kept lawn beside the pond. Trucks and Trade were located outside the Tithe Barn, a short crossing over a flowing brook.
The Saabs, Scanias and Volvos came from all four corners of the UK, and were joined by many of our friends from mainland Europe.
During the day there were nine judging competitions going on. Three were named “The Most Admired Volvo, Saab and Truck” and was sponsored by "Chris Knott Insurance" and "Tailored Transport". Each entrant was given the task of choosing their Most Admired Volvo, Truck & Saab at the show. Another was “Best in Show”, sponsored by DCA Saab Specialists. The local Saab garage "Astley Saab" was there to choose their own favourite Saab. Andy and Lynn from "Send Fresh Chocolates" chose their favourite Volvo at the show. Andy Briggs chose his favourite "Young Swede" and Chris Hamley gave two awards to the "Furthest Travelled". Dr Os Reid gave an award entitled "Best Modified Swede"
A big thank you to all the sponsors for supplying the trophies.
The 9 prizes at the 2015 show were awarded like this.
The Chris Knott “Most Admired Saab”, chosen by the people at Swedish Day and presented on behalf of Paul Channer, went to
The Chris Knott “Most Admired Volvo”, chosen by the people at Swedish Day and presented on behalf of Paul Channer, went to .
The Tailored Transport "Most Admired Truck" went to Irene Wittich and her Scania P94D-220.
Send Fresh Chocolates "Favourite Volvo” was awarded by Andy to .
“Astley Saabs Favourite Saab” was presented by Jerry to .
DCA Saab Specialists "Best in Show" was presented to .
Andy Briggs Property Services "Favourite Young Swede" went to .
The Chris Hamley "furthest travelled" went to .
Dr Os Reid presented an award for "Best Modified Swede" and was the lucky winner.
Links to pictures and a short video can be found at www.swedishday.co.uk.
I would like to thank everybody for supporting this event, the helpers, the nine sponsors mentioned above, Roger and Minnie for the location and everything they did for us at Haselbury Mill, the internet forums and blogs, my friends Alex & Isabel for "always" being there. Very special thanks to my wife Kerry and daughter Azabeth for understanding the passion. But the biggest thank you goes to all the owners of those lovely Scanias, Saabs and Volvos that came along on the day.
Next years show will be held on Sunday the 22nd May.