And Finally........

A welcome message at the start Along the prom At Lancaster Castle Bring me Sunshine..... Graves at Heysham Home along the prom Outside the pub Welcome soup at the pub
Sunday December 27th. Eric's Amble.15 miles. Start 10.0am Morecambe Prom, finish 4.15pm

Leader : John Bullen

21 Christmas Choristers

Quite a little crowd gathered on the seafront promenade opposite Morecambe’s Happy Mount Park for a post Christmas walk. After the recent snow, fog, ice and slush it was a wonder that we were able to put a walk on at all. As it happened we had rain for about 30 minutes during the entire day and that wasn’t uncomfortable. Ice was about but thankfully very little of it.

In view of the conditions John had changed the original route so rather than a walk back to Morecambe from Lancaster along a potentially dangerous canal towpath we took the well-used Greenway and promenade.

The views across the Bay on the outward leg were quite breathtaking with the sun occasionally spotlighting the Lakes’ higher peaks. We stood on one leg in Eric Morecambe pose by his statue for Hilary to take our snap. The seafront trek along to Heysham was a delight and we took coffee in St Patrick’s Chapel grounds. Getting from Heysham to Snatchems was a precarious business due to the ice and mud but thankfully we had no mishaps.

Lunch was taken at one of the most delightful hostelries in the North West, the Golden Ball or as it is nicknamed locally the Lacquered Knacker! The landlady had put vegetable and stilton and cauliflower soup on for us and they kindly allowed us to eat our lunches in the warmth of the pub. What a lovely couple!

Arguably the worst part of the day was dragging ourselves away from such wonderful hospitality but we did and off we went down the banks of the River Lune. Reaching Lancaster we took a look at the imposing and impressive castle, an inspiring sight indeed.

The final mile and a half from Morecambe to Bare along the promenade made for the perfect end with the tide beginning to come in and sun dropping down behind Black Combe.

Many thanks to everyone for making the day such an enjoyable experience. Our experiment of putting on a Christmas walk was an undoubted success.

We had a few “special guests” – Doreen and Gareth, a lovely Yorkshire gentleman who now lives in Morecambe, Mary and her two friends Audrey and Marjorie and Graham Dennis and Dennis Walker of the Northumbria group who came across from their holiday stay at Arnside.