Morecambe & the Lake District
At the end of October, 35 London Plant Associates boarded the coach and set off for a 5 day “Mistletoe & Wine” holiday to Morecambe on the edge of the Lake District. First stop was Cambridge services for coffee to be obtained then off up the A14 / M6 to Gailey in Staffordshire for the lunch stop. This was at a large garden centre restaurant called Dobbies or the Spread Eagle public house next door. Suitably refreshed it was back onto the M6 and onwards to Morecambe. George and Sarah served tea & coffee during the journey on the coach accompanied by biscuits, a couple of games of bingo with some small prizes and a quiz was handed around with 100 questions for people to work on during the week. On arrival at the hotel we were treated to a sherry reception while the cases were taken to the designated rooms. As the holiday was a Christmas theme, tonight was Christmas Eve. A themed dinner was served in the dining room with Christmas music playing. Alan Reader, who’s birthday was today, had the compulsory “Happy Birthday” sang to him and was also presented with a large birthday cake which was cut up for all to enjoy.
DAY 2: Today was to be a tour of the lakes and Nigel the hotel manager came along to give us a commentary. A coffee stop was had in Bowness on the side of the lake and the lunch stop was at Grasmere, the village where William Wordsworth is buried. Back at the hotel today being Christmas Day all received a small gift from Father Christmas and the evening meal was complimented with a glass of wine courtesy of the management.
DAY 3: Boxing Day, and as an evening trip to see the Blackpool Illuminations was planned we only had a short trip to Carnforth station to see the famous clock that was used in the film Brief Encounter. The afternoon was spent in Morecambe giving Associates time to have a stroll around the shops, see the statue of Eric Morecambe on the promenade or generally chill out. Following an earlier dinner all boarded the coach for the evening trip to Blackpool to see the illuminations. The Tower ballroom was closed so the Strictly Come Dancing fans could only see the outside of the building unfortunately!!! However a light show was being shown on the front of the building and the tower itself which made it interesting.
DAY 4: A trip into the Yorkshire Dales was organised for today and we set off for the village of Hawes. Passing the Ribblehead viaduct that was used in filming one of the Harry Potter films we arrived at the Wensleydale Cheese Factory. Numerous samples were available for tasting and a tour was available for those who wished to go around. Lunch was obtained in the local pubs and small cafes. Today was our first day of rain and given that we were on the moors it made for a very bleak outlook unfortunately. Back at the hotel following dinner, tonight being New Years Eve, a fancy dress competition was held with a Christmas / Pantomime theme. Several of our Associates dressed up and the winner was Tom Dines dressed as Mr Geppetto Pinocchio dad.
DAY 5: Today it was time to bid a fond farewell to our hotel & staff and make tracks back to Essex. A lunch stop was arranged to be in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Answers to the quiz were given by Alison Reader who kindly pulled the quiz together and prizes for the 1st / 2nd & 3rd were handed out. Tea & coffee was available again, more bingo and another quick quiz were played to help while away the time. On arrival back at a wet London Plant everyone said their fond farewells, thanked our driver Tim, and the cases were unloaded. A jolly good time had been had by all over the “Christmas Period”.
Thank also to Mick Roach for the photos
Autumn Colours at Lake Windermere
Get out of that
Fancy Dress L-R Derek Merchant, Tim the driver, George Mann,
Sarah Mann, Tom Dines, Iris Merchant & Terry Allison.
And the winner is !!!
Tom Dines as Mr Geppetto Pinocchio dad
Happy New Year L-R Don & Carol Stockbridge, Joan & Alan
Kearns, Russell Mayo, Linda Richardson,Sue Fox,
Maureen Dines, Alan & Alan Reader, Liz Roach.
Back Row L-R Tom Dines, Malcolm Archer, Roma Mayo,
Tom Watt, Dennis Richardson.