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0 Delage and Hotchkiss enjoy a Welsh Weekend in Montgomery

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  • by Montgomery Wales News Team
  • 26-05-2019

The Delage Register and British Hotchkiss Society enjoyed 4 days in Montgomery with their weekend rally being based at the town’s Dragon Hotel. Rally organiser, Mike Tebbett, the only one of the group who had visited Montgomery before, had chosen the town as the venue for the weekend following his enjoyment of a visit with The Light Car & Edwardian Section of the Vintage Sports Car Club just over a year earlier.

On arrival, club members were treated to an historic tour of some of Montgomery town's interesting sights by Dr John Welton of the Montgomery Civic Society. Their weekend itinerary included drives out to the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway, Powis Castle, Llysdinam and Elan Valley.

On Saturday afternoon, after the group returned from Welshpool, Montgomery Town Crier Sue Blower delivered a well-researched and well-received proclamation, saying:

“Delage by title, delightful by image

Cars from our history, with beautiful bodies and frontage

Company founded in 1905

With Louis Delage hoping taking the risk would allow them to survive

The proms model production, Type A, a voiturette

The company becoming noticed, their future clearly set

How wonderful to welcome you to this, our Historic Town

Your cars have brought great joy and interest

Faces full of smiles and no one wearing a frown

Enjoy your visit to our beautiful Montgomery

Come again to meet old friends

Take a warm Welsh greeting back with you - this has become our Town Crying trend

Good luck, God’s blessings, safe journey to all

Pob lwc, Duw bendithio siwrnai ddiogel i chi gyd”

Moira Swinbourne, who visited with her 1926 Delage DI, said, “Thank you for making us so welcome. You have a lovely town which everyone takes so much pride in and you are all so friendly. The staff at The Dragon were first class. The Town Crier was wonderful - we really did appreciate your visit. I for one will be back.” Mike Tebbett added, “All of the Rally participants were thoroughly impressed by Montgomery, with many vowing to return at a later date.”

After the planned itinerary was complete, the visitors had an extra treat as they were invited to view the glorious garden at Ted and Jill Bowen-Jones’ home on Monday morning before leaving the town, sharing tea and biscuits with the lovely couple too. Several members gave money for the pair's charity as a thanks for this generous gesture. Mike Tebbett said, “This was a wonderful way to bring our superb weekend to an end!”