By 2019 James Hervey-Bathurst
My first appointment after my Declaration was to attend the opening of the Bromyard Festival of Speed. As I normally attend the Bromyard Gala with a steam engine, the event promised to be quite a contrast.
Lucy & I met Roger Page, the Mayor, and his consort, Clare Davies, with the mayoral party at the Falcon Hotel for refreshments before being led up the street by his town crier, Peder Neilsen, for the start of the festival, preceded by photographs. Shortly afterwards, an impressive stream of vintage cars roared, if that is possible at 30mph, past, making the drivers and the and admiring crowds very happy. The cars ranged from Rolls Royce’s to an Austin 7.
Events like this are an important part of the mix of attractions Herefordshire can offer visitors, and the centre of Bromyard makes an excellent backdrop. Up to 10,000 have attended the event in the past, bringing good business to the town. Plenty of cakes and tea were on offer at the Royal British Legion, under the watchful eye of Major (Retd) Jan Brodie-Murphy.