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Blackpool Weekend - Bowling or swimming or drinking or singing?
The first event, two years ago, had included a two-hour session at The Sandcastle, Blackpool’s indoor water park and that has remained a constant feature. This year, I’m pleased to say that some of the staff from the hotel joined us to swim nude in the water. The Sandcastle have added two new rides, one of which was great fun, consisting of a tyre ride into a ‘space bowl’ from which the exit was another short slide – the first time I’ve seen that done! The other new ride was a very long, very fast and very narrow enclosed slide, ridden head-first on a foam mat – I only did this once, as it wasn’t for the fainthearted!
The new features were Naturist trips to Blackpool’s new Bierkeller and ten-pin bowling. I didn’t go on the Bierkeller trip, beer and lager not really being ‘my thing’, although I did learn that other drinks were available. Those who did go had a good time standing on benches, singing along to the one-man oompah ‘band’ while drinking and eating pretzels.
One of my reasons for not going was that I was due to run a miTunes session immediately afterwards. The theme was ‘Comic Songs’ and two of the three choices I planned to contribute were on DVDs, so I had brought a projector and screen. These were ‘Cheap Flights’ by Fascinating Aida , with which I started the session and ‘The Ballad of Barry and Frieda’ by Victoria Wood, which I saved to the end. This is perhaps better known as “Let’s do it” and was, like the whole session, very well received.
Thanks go to the many people who contributed some very amusing songs and a Gerard Hoffnung monologue (The Bricklayer’s Lament) to make up the rest of the session. For the energetic, there were ‘Barobics’ sessions before breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, run by Julie from blackpool & Fylde Sun Club while our president, Angela Russell, led a Zumba
session later on the Saturday.
There was live entertainment both nights from a variety of singers and Philip Smith, the naked magician. We might see more of him at future BN events – not that it would be possible to see any more of him! He certainly didn’t have anything tucked up his sleeves... Even those who were sitting close to him couldn’t see how he managed his tricks; all very clever.
I understand he has joined BN since this event (welcome aboard Phil, if you’re reading this). The young singer who performed on the Saturday night deserves a special mention; he is from Blackpool, was only 17 and performing his own material. Even though I suspect the audience was not as young as those he would normally target, he still managed to sell several copies of his debut CD. We might be seeing more of him in the future as well; in the charts, in his case. The name to look out for? Rob Eagle.
We have to thank some of the folk from BFSC for helping organise this event and, from what I have learnt, for ensuring that the bar at the Bond had two barrels of real ale available. These came from the “Fuzzy Duck Brewery” (my daughter’s Scout troop used to play a game which involved shouting out “Fuzzy Duck” or “Ducky Fuzz” depending on some signal – it wasn’t long before someone would slip up...!). To add to this, one of the beers was called “Cunning Stunt”! Clearly, over-indulgence was dangerous. We also have to thank the president of the Blackpool and Fylde club and his wife, Nick and Jane Caunt, for providing a very entertaining quiz.
Sunday morning saw us all at Blackpool’s newly re-opened ten-pin bowling alley. Here we took over the entire upper storey consisting of ten lanes. I played my worstever game, but still had a great time. After lunch, the event was rounded off with karaoke and bingo. There was some surprising talent displayed in the karaoke – who knew that Andrew Welch has a fine tenor voice?