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Alternative Visits
Eaton Hall Gardens
TOP Chester proved to
Those opting for the alternative visit were given a magical
be a lovely location and
glimpse of the gardens at Eaton Hall, home of the Duke and
visitors enjoyed learning
Duchess of Westminster. Set within 300 acres of deer park
about its history
and behind a magnifi cent set of golden gates the group
were treated to a tour by Les Armstrong, Head Gardener who
entertained, informed and impressed all with his knowledge
and enthusiasm. Through the wild fl ower garden, colour co-
ordinated rose gardens, fruit and fl ower gardens the visitors
were overwhelmed by the scale and quality of everything they
LEFT Eaton Hall,
saw and were grateful for this rare opportunity of a tour of these
home to the Duke
beautiful gardens.
and Duchess of
River Dee
Westminster
Monday afternoon was spent on the river and proved a very BELOW A wine
relaxing trip for those choosing this alternative visit. The boat reception laid on in the
headed out of the City with a commentary describing places of courtyard of the Queen
interest but with plenty of time for chatting and to enjoy the Hotel before Monday
wonderful cakes that were taken on board! night’s dinner gave
Roman Chester
everyone a chance to
catch up. A magician was
On Tuesday morning the mainly female (just one brave man)
on hand to provide extra
group was greeted by two Roman Gladiators at the steps of the Hotel.
entertainment
A two hour walk around Roman Chester gave
visitors a fascinating insight into life during those
violent and dramatic times. The guide certainly
brought this alive and few will forget the images
conjured up during a visit to the amphitheatre!
Thoroughly educated and entertained the tour
was followed by free time in Chester before
heading back to the hotel to prepare
for the Centenary Ball at
Chester Racecourse.
LEFT Les Armstrong, Head
Gardener at Eaton Hall
Sale for the Century
Sale for the Century
Clive Norbury and his team pulled out all the stops to host the Sale
For The Century. The auction room had been fi ttingly decorated in the
UK colours of red, blue and white and served as a magnifi cent backdrop
for some really stylish
heifers. Novel methods,
demonstrated by the
Whittaker sisters (right)
had to be adopted to
make the most of the
selling opportunity of an
unborn calf. This helped
the price of a Shottle
from a sister to the
million dollar Apple reach
Ring seats
9,500gns. Full report on
were full to witness
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over 80 head of top UK genetics
go under the hammer
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