Holiday to Chester 13-
Our first destination was in Wales, but we were destined not to reach it without
incident, since the coach broke down en-
A good night’s sleep at the Mercure Hotel, revived us for Chester, only a stones throw away. A tour of the towns historic hotspots by (replaced) coach with guide Mary Ann Cameron, was supplemented by a walking tour with Mary or Gerry Tighe, which together, completed an excellent exposition of the history of Chester. with explanations of the 3 layers of Roman ampitheatres (built one on top of the other), the history of the development of the Rows – the historic shops (also built one on top of the other), and examples of ghosts in the town –almost every shop and building seemed to have a tale of some form of voices, apparition, visitation or manifestation. During free time in Chester, Members listened to the town crier, visited the cathedral for a light lunch (or even starred in the Korean veterans celebration).
Third day, Liverpool, for free time. With so many options of varied Museums and Galleries,
refurbished docks, the Mersey Estuary and Ferries, and Cathedrals to choose from.
In the afternoon, another water-
The evening’s entertainment, adopted a theme of the oldest racecourse in the country
Day Four started sunny for our cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal. Coach to Seacombe, to board the Royal Iris. First stop was Pier Head (so that leg of the trip, was really a bonus trip on the ’Ferry cross the Mersey’) providing views of the famous Liverpool waterfront from a different angle. Then a return leg across the estuary to Eastham, to enter the Canal via the locks to discover the section of the canal built in the flood plain of the estuary, so that boats could enter/leave a canal even at the lowest tides.
At Runcorn, we passed the original entrance to the canal -
The most fascinating bridge was the Bridgewater Canal aqueduct crossing, a triumph of Victorian engineering, being a swing bridge of 1450 tons, of which 800 tons is water held in a watertight tank compartment. Shame we didn’t see an example of a ship going over a ship. There were other high level road bridges and another variation, was the Centenary Lift bridge, with vertical lift road section, opened in 1994, to celebrate the canals centenary.
And of course there were the five locks –but after the first, were rather repetitive
But the wait was worthwhile, just to arrive at Salford Quays – a modern regeneration
of previous docks with all-
So In Retrospect
A very comfortable modern hotel -
An excellent and hard-
But as usual, it was the spirit of friendship and fellowship of the Probians, who
really made it so enjoyable. Everyone mixed in together and talked to everyone else
Many thanks to organiser John Clark, who took all the hiccups in his stride and minimised the disruption to the programme, all with a smile.
Outings Report page 23
Llangollen Steam Railway
The Chester “Rows”
The miscreant in the stocks. The Probus rabble awaiting word from Chesters’ Town Crier to start pelting the poor woman.
Liverpools’ Roman Catholic cathedral
The central memorial in the Arboretum.
Souvenir of Burma Railway, and 16000 dead slaves.