The weekend of Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April was the Scarborough trip to the East Coast. Although the numbers were down, due to several unforeseen circumstances, an enjoyable weekend was had by all. The celebration of two birthdays too made the event special.
It's fair to say however that the hotel was disappointing in as much it was a very grand hotel which had lost a great deal of its lustre. Notwithstanding the accommodation, everyone made the best of the weekend trips and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company. One of our birthday guests also looked seriously at buying a boat and is currently at the serious consideration stage.
A stop on Friday took us all to Oswaldtwistle Mill, for an interesting look around two small museums contained inside the mill alongside the various cafes and sales outlets. One about the workings of the old mill with the second one a memorial to the Accrington Old Pals who suffered very badly in the first world war.
Saturday brought us to Whitby and for some, at last as it was open, the Captain Cook Memorial Museum. Housed in the home of Captain John Walker, that James Cook lodged with while apprenticed to him. The rear of the house has a yard and slipway to the harbourside from which the ships were built and serviced.
A prompt return to Scarborough to catch up on some of the sightseeing not to be missed. A trip up and down the cliff face on the tramway, a visit to the castle overlooking both north and south bays and reflection, for some, at the graveside of the famous writer and poet Anne Brontë who passed away in the town in 1849. Suitable liquid refreshment was also enjoyed by all.
On the return coach trip home a stop at Ripon provided lunch and visits to the Cathedral and several museums including the Prison & Police Station, the Courthouse and the Workhouse.