Trip to Blackpool

Following the success of the Alton Towers trip in early June, I decided to run a trip to Blackpool at the end of July – partly for the rides, partly for the seaside aspect. Steve, Maria, Phil H and myself came along and started by meeting outside the Tower, before heading for a walk along the famous North Pier for the princely sum of 50p each! We then went for some lunch in town before heading to Pleasure Beach – with the first ride being the current Big One. Not for the faint hearted, Maria, Phil and myself felt suitably inclined to tackle it, with Steve watching on to view our emotions. Many of these were either adrenaline or terror… it is great fun but worth doing having done a previous ride as a warm up. As Phil put it, “it makes Nemesis look like a merry-go-round!” We then went and chose individual rides to go on, with particular enthusiasm shown by Maria towards the fire and water thrill of Valhalla. A soaking was the ultimate destiny and part of the excitement! The evening ended with a trip to Pizza Hut for the gang to share various pizzas between them, before heading home. Some pizza was left spare , with Steve deciding to finish it off at another time. All in all a fun day and not blighted by bad weather for once (other than some late rain for a time!)

Sinking, not Stirred

A group of James Bond body doubles and Bond Girls flew the flag for the Countess of Chester Hospital at this year’s 007 themed Chester Raft Race.

The budding secret agents and bond girls guided their raft – ‘Doctor Yes’ – into a very respectable 12th place, out of 38.

The race took place on Sunday 13th July and covered an 800 metre course starting from the Royal Chester Rowing Club and then heading downstream, over the weir.

The team, consisting of Alison, Alex, Ann & five other Countess staff, raised approximately £400 for the Special Care Baby Unit. They then capped off the day with a barbecue and a few cold drinks on the banks of the river while their soggy tuxedos dried.