: Bring Me Sunshine!
Me Sunshine", I prayed as I was planning this week’s
outing. However the Rains Gods refused my request
although they did kindly say that, as long as we kept
away from the Lake District, we ought not get too wet.
south we went. First to have a Brief
a coffee break in the waiting room amongst the photos
of Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. If you click on
the photo, below RHS, you can watch the denouement.
we caught the train to Morecambe. The idea was
to walk back to Carnforth which we did but it took rather
longer than expected albeit for good reasons. The
main one being that we had our tour guide with us, Terry,
who was able to illuminate our outing with recollections
of his youth when he lived there and to point out to
us many places and objects of interest. Tony was
able to add to the commentary with stories of his exploits
there, including a couple of instances where he and
Terry had been at the same end of pier shows at the
same time, albeit unknowingly.
would be rather dreary for me to write a “we did this
then we saw that" saga in detail and in any case
my memory is not that good but here are bullet points
of several of the things I can recall.
sea birds, both real and artificial.
reasons to shop at MO RISONS.
Battery Hotel- now disused but Tony insisted on
having his photo taken knocking on the door. Can
you see him?
Theatre where The
starring Laurence Olivier was filmed in 1960.
Parlours reminiscent of the Electric Michelangelo
by Sara Hall in which Cy Parks
spends his childhood year as apprentice
to alcoholic tattoo-artist Eliot Riley
now closed, except for special visits, internally
of which Tony is a "friend".
for a tour.
Stone Jetty with its former railway station now
being converted into a restaurant.
art-deco Midland Hotel as featured in Poirot.
old Lifeboat Station.
- Colourful Mother
and child stature
no mention of the splendid view of the Lakeland Hills.
On the right day they form a spectacular backdrop
to Morecambe Bay but not when the Rain Gods decree otherwise.
However, there is a model of its silhouette.
You can see the boys peering from behind their
course we stopped for our Comitibus
picture at the statue of Eric
where the words of Bring Me Sunshine are etched into
the steps. Normally I refuse to allow strangers to take
the photo- not because I am precious about my camera
but as a matter of principle.
This time I had
to relent as there was no suitable perch. A kind
lady volunteered and as she was lining up the camera
I asked her to make sure she had our feet on it- so
often such photos render the subject incomplete.
am a professional photographer,” she replied. Doh!
She then took one on her own rather fine camera so maybe
we will feature in Lancashire Life or some such magazine
in the near future.
Look out for us!
have to say that a lot of effort has successfully gone
into making Morecambe's five mile promenade attractive and interesting.
It's a pity the other side of the coastal road
lets it down.
made Tony wait until the very end of the prom before stopping for lunch which we had in the
tiny Bay Crossing café
at Hest Bank. I can highly recommend their gammon,
egg and chips and at a bargain price. The others
were similarly pleased with their choices.
original plan had been to carry on along the coast (the Lancashire
Coastal Path) but we decided instead to climb the massive
40 feet or so, passing a rather colourful LandRover, to the canal which we followed back to
Carnforth. At the Marina was a small amphibian car-boat!
the station platform is a tiny pub-cum-brewery, The
which I have heard much, mostly good, and I had been
looking forward to finishing the day there.
closes for the afternoon, not opening until 5 p.m.,
so out of convenience rather than choice we visited the
Royal Station Hotel
Not the finest place to conclude
but never mind.
It had been a good day, a quite
different sort of outing and the Rain Gods had kept
their word; despite the grey skies there had been no
rain. But please, Rain Gods, next week- Bring
Wednesday 18th February 2015
Bring me Sunshine, in your smile,
Bring me Laughter, all the while,
In this world where we live, there should be more happiness,
So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow,
Make me happy, through the years,
Never bring me, any tears,
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above,
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love.
Bring me Sunshine, in your eyes,
Bring me rainbows, from the skies,
Life's too short to be spent having anything but fun,
We can be so content, if we gather little sunbeams,
Be light-hearted, all day long,
Keep me singing, happy songs,
Let your arms be as warm as the sun from up above,
Bring me Fun,
Bring me Sunshine,
Bring me Love.
18th February 2015
climbed in feet:
Raiway Station, Morecambe
John H, Mike, Terry, Tony
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