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3rd January 2010


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2009 made it's exit with a partially eclipsed Blue Moon on Thursday - an extremely rare event which I filmed and can be seen in the short video below. Tina and I made our usual tour of the town after the eclipse had ended, calling into the Plough Inn, the White Lion and the Hope & Anchor before making the usual stop at Ross Market House at midnight and starting New Year's Day in Charlie's Bar. The atmosphere, both in the pubs and at the Market House was a happy one this year with lots of people going out in fancy dress and enjoying themselves.

The traditional fun run, from Hole in the Wall to the Rowing Club took place on New Year's Day and this year, the event was won by Dave Setchfield, with Jacob Shepherd and Richard Exton taking second and third place. I have included one photo below of this event and some of the thousands of images I took about town, which can all be seen,in their correct sequence in the New Year Film below.

Every year, for some reason - perhaps because it is the one thing about New Year that I dread, I seem to forget the time that the New Year's Day Fun Run sets out. After returning home in the early hours of New Year's Morning, I posted a question as to the start time on facebook. The answer cam back that it began at 10.00 am. I should have known better than to ask a question like that after a New Year's Eve celebration!

Wanting to be there on time to set the film cameras up, I got out of bed at 8.30 am. I was totally exhausted after processing the Eve's photos so that I could get the film out and had managed just 4 hours sleep when I made my to Foy - arriving at 9.25 am on a bitterly cold and frosty New Year's Morning to begin setting up. The 10.00 am information was given to me as a joke. Very Amusing! The event did not start until 11.00 am - by which time I was nearly dead on my feet and could not feel my fingers or toes due to virtual frostbite. I did take some nice scenic photos of the river whilst waiting the hour and a half, freezing to death.

The film below begins with the eclipsed Blue Moon and I would like to specially thank bagpiper, Alan Harrison for taking the time to meet me, at very short notice, on the Rope Walk after the Fun Run and both play and recite 'Auld Lang Syne' for my video. Alan is holding a Robert Burns Lunch in Ross on 6th February. If you would like to attend, full details can be found on his web site:

Auld Lang Syne - Into 2010 in Ross-on-Wye.

2009 ended with a partially eclipsed 'blue moon' (as in there were 13 lunar cycles in the 12 month solar cycle) on New Year's Eve.

Ringing in 2010 at Ross Market (except there were no bells 'cause the clock's bust).

Waiting around on a bitterly cold New Year's Day after 4 hours sleep at least provided some good photo opportunities.

The New Year's Day Fun Run.
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