Monday, 1 August
It’s the Grey Gables launch event at the Village Hall. When Oliver, Adil and Roy arrive to set up, they find the hall’s been double-booked with the Borsetshire Scottish Dance Society and they’re not budging. When they discover Audrey Fisher and Hilary Noakes are involved Roy thinks they need to get in the big guns, and he contacts Lynda. Meanwhile Adil goes in to talk them. When Lynda arrives, Adil still hasn’t reappeared, and they realise he’s joined in with the dancing. When he emerges he says it’s all sorted. Oliver and Roy agree that Adil’s brilliant in a crisis.
Tony’s at the launch with Helen – he admits that one of the reasons he’s there is to get away from Pat and Caitlin reminiscing about all things Welsh. There’s a large turnout and Tony points out that anyone who’s anyone in their area is there, including Ambridge residents. Adil makes a speech outlining their plans, from sourcing food from Grey Gables land and nearby farms to bringing finance and prosperity to the local economy via guests. Oliver chips in saying they’ll be staffing the hotel as much as possible from Ambridge. Afterwards Helen, Tony and Lynda are all impressed. Roy says it was a fantastic presentation and the audience really got the point of what they’re trying to do. However he’s less impressed when he finds that he, Adil and Oliver will have to take part in the Highland fling – the only way Adil could get the dance society to budge was by agreeing to make up the numbers!