A Grand Tour To No.10 Downing Street.
Can it really get any better than this ? A grand tour to No. 10 Downing Street ? Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin. This year has been a real fired up, all systems go kind of adventure. I have met so many people and got up to all kinds of things – it has been totally amazing. Well as I trundled along on this amazing year I wasn’t quite prepared for what happened. Out of the blue, I got a phone call from a lovely lady at Small Business Saturday UK asking if I might be interested in going along to a reception at No.10 Downing Street. Well you know me, I didn’t have to think twice ” Count me in ” I said. I had hardly put the phone down when some of the ‘little people’ came over and asked what I looked so excited about. “Its a secret” I said “but I’ll tell you nearer the time.” So things went on as usual. More loads of potatoes were brought into the Farm and I quietly prepared for ‘the visit’
To Clean Or Not To Clean – That Is The Question.
Well I had a bit of a tricky decision to make – to clean or not to clean. Given an occasion like this one would want to look and smell one’s best. If I went nice and clean and polished up I would be just like a new tractor fresh out of the factory. However if I went in my usual look that would be representative of both the muddy tractors produced at Muddytrac Farm and myself. The decision was made – no need for the pressure washer after all.
I need Help !
The more I thought about the visit to No.10 the more I realised – I need help ! So, I had a chat with some of the tractors around the Farm and before long I had a few volunteers to go with me. ‘Norman the New Holland’ was very keen to go. As London wasn’t a million miles from the New Holland factory at Basildon I agreed that a cousin of the tractors produced at Basildon might just be a nice touch. A couple of David Browns, two snow tractors and a Herron ferry tanker made up the party. We were all very excited the night before and could hardly sleep. Eventually after many a rendition of ‘The Wheels On The Tractor’ and ‘She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain’ we eventually drifted off to sleep.
The Big Day.
The ‘big day’ arrived. Off we went through the fog to Belfast International Airport. I don’t know how he managed it; but Al the ‘factory manager’ somehow got us on board an Easyjet flight to Gatwick. I don’t know if they usually take tractors on the plane. Anyway, we had a nice flight and before long we were high above the sunny skies over the South of England watching as planes ahead descended and landed on the enormous runway at Gatwick Airport. With disembarkation completed we made our way to the ‘shuttle’ and onward by Gatwick Express to Victoria Station. After enjoying a hot cup of tea and a sausage roll at Victoria I headed off in the direction of Buckingham Palace. It was a cold morning but I kept up a brisk pace and soon arrived at ‘the Palace.’ I stopped for a while to get some pictures and spread the word about Small Business Saturday UK.
The Drive To Buckingham Palace
I Have Returned.
No Sitting Down On The Job.
Westminster Here I Come.
With a tight schedule to keep I was soon on my way. Keeping the power on I soon arrived at my next stop – the Houses of Parliament, Westminster. With my board proudly displaying the Small Business Saturday UK message I stopped across the way from Big Ben. I included him in this picture as I thought you might like to see him.
I’m Here !
No time to stop – Big Ben was ticking and I had no time for talking. On I went until eventually I arrived at the entry to Downing Street. On gaining admittance to the famous Street I was joined by others of the Small Business 100 attending the reception.
Small Business 100 at Downing Street.
Inside No.10 I had an amazing adventure . The surroundings were exquisite, the company marvellous and the reception – amazing. I was particularly pleased to meet Small Business Minister and Member of Parliament for Stourbridge; Margot James. All too soon the blur of activity, conversations and photographs came to an end. I reflected on the memory of watching autumn leaves floating delicately in the Downing Street gardens. We gathered at the front of No.10 for a final farewell group photograph of the Small Business Saturday UK ‘Small Business 100′ A snapshot in time of a memorable occasion when I, Jake the Tractor could very possibly have been ‘the first muddy tractor in Downing Street’ Here is a picture or two to finish off my very own ‘Grand Tour’
And So, All Good Things Come To An End.
As I close; I would like to say an ‘enormous thankyou‘ to all at Small Business Saturday UK, Margot James MP, UK Small Business Minister and our Hosts at No.10 Downing Street for a most fulfilling and enjoyable experience. And so this little muddy tractor and friends have left the stage. We have returned from whence we came – back to North Antrim and our ‘muddy tractor factory’ at Muddytrac Farm. For now, this is your friend ‘Jake the Tractor’ “Thanks for looking in and do get in touch.”