So apart from one day when a trip to the Ulverston canal had been organised, (in tomorrows post) for the most part it was a 'do your own thing' for three days. There was a small fly in the ointment though, as the hotel was a good couple of miles along the promenade to the nearest amusements including the famous Blackpool Ballroom, Dungeons and Tower and we had to purchase a Rover ticket for £10.50p each which gave us unlimited travel on the trams for the three days that we needed to use them. Most of the Gadabouts had bus passes and were able to get on the trams or buses without paying. We, on the other hand, are much to young (well by only a bit ) to have been issued with them but its times like these that I wish we were just a tad older.
|New Blackpool Trams|
We also chose the wrong week to go on this trip as the illuminations had all been turned off and all the attractions like the Pleasure beach and Winter Gardens were also closed. Still we made the most of our free days visiting Ripleys believe it or not, Sea life center, The Tower Eye Sky walk, The Tower Dungeons and Blackpool Ballroom.
|Some of the Gadabouts. Heather and Margaret at the back and Dennis and Dave at the front|
|Looks like the Strictly Glitterball|
|Famous roller coaster at Pleasure beach ( closed! )|
|Dr Who illuminations ( switched off!!)|
|To the left and in the foreground you can just make out the dome shape of the Winter Gardens theatre|
As I mentioned earlier we had a Christmas day on Wednesday 27th November complete with presents from Father Christmas
|Some may regonise John Bayliss BEM in the front middle|
|Howard ECP&DA Chairman (in blue) and his wife and Gadabouts organiser,Shelia, next to him.|
Blackpool Tower BallroomOh if only Ian and I had been taught how to dance. We too might have been taking a twirl round the dance floor.
|We indulged in afternoon tea|
|The famous Wurlitzer Organ|
|Final days sunset.|
This was another brilliant trip by our one and only Gadabout organiser. Sheila you did good again.
And finally a few photos from our trip to Sealife:- ( more to come at a later date )
|Largest grab known to man.|