Weather on Good Friday? Variable. Isn't it almost always thus in this country. We have had pouring rain and cold conditions (snow on the surrounding hills), then a period of beautiful warm sunshine (during which I was stupid enough to spray dandelions peeping through on the patio with weed killer) and then a return of the pouring rain which would, of course, wash off the weedkiller.
Today has been a special day in the little town of Middleham, about four miles from where I live. Middleham is a premier racing town in the North of England with a large number of racing stables, including Mark Johnston's famous set up. Each Good Friday the town is opened up for charity and the racing stables are opened to the public - thousands go round and of course many park in our little town and then are bussed down to Middleham, where parking is very limited.
A large amount is raised for a racing charity but also the traders in our little town do well out of the day too as the shops are visited = and more importantly - cafes and restaurants do well too. So all in all it is an important day in the calendar here, regardless of the weather.