In the evening we all enjoyed dinner at The Miners Arms in Branscombe and Mike Rowland adjudged that the best wheel this year was the ladies wheel!
Names were then drawn out of a hat to see who took the wheels home and the lucky recipients were Thomas Wiegman and Kimberly Locker!
It was a fascinating visit where we saw carriages and vintage cars in various stages of restoration.
The attention to detail and skill of all the experts employed there was very impressive indeed.
On the Friday a group visited J and FJ Baker the only remaining oak bark tannery in the Country.
This was a very interesting visit to a factory where little had changed in decades in the technique of tanning leather.
In December 2017 The Company made a significant donation of £10,000.00 to Help For heroes to assist in funding their Sydney – Hobart yacht race entry.
At the end of the Tour we were shown some pieces of silver with fake hallmarks and how they could be spotted.
We also had a tour of Goldsmiths Hall which was a bonus.
It is now run by their sons, Duncan and Francis, who continue the family tradition since the death of Nick in 2011.
Fairbourne Carriages has intimate knowledge of all crafts relating to coach building and this small family team aims to offer the highest standards traditionally associated with the English coachbuilder, to customers who simply want the very best.
We were delighted to be joined by Kimberly Locker, the winner of the NTDA tyre technician of the year award in 2017.