Hellevoetsluis 15-16 October 2008
Scottish Thistles were once more invited to the biennial Mussel Festival at H.C. Voorne, Hellevoetsluis. As usual, the party stayed in the chalets at Citta Romana. With few interested in a game of golf, the organisers laid on a trip to Schiedam, where Donald Dunbar acted as translator for the tour guide. On the first evening, there were matches against local sides before drinks in the bar. The next morning saw a mass of Dutch hockey players converge on H.C. Voorne for the traditional mixed matches, each of the ad hoc teams including one or more Scots. Meanwhile the ladies were taken on a trip to Brielle.
In the afternoon, after the conclusion of the tournament, Scottish Thistles took on a Dutch select. The result was probably a draw but no one really cared because it was on to the clubhouse for mussels or spare ribs, washed down with copious quantities of wine and beer. With the meal out of the way, it was time for singing and dancing, the Scots providing tuition in Scottish country dancing for the locals.
Squad and partners
David & Sue Cassell
Alex & Pauline Cathro
Ernie & Marjie di Rollo
Ian & Catherine Downie
Keith & Ann Forster