Gloucestershire, Gloucester

Trip Start Jan 01, 2006
Trip End Aug 26, 2013

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

28 May 2011

Gloucestershire –  Gloucester

Neil and Pam came down on the Friday evening ahead of Josie and Steve who joined us early Saturday morning. Steve didn't want to miss the prom night at his school and having seen some photo’s of the female students who attended the prom, I can understand why. He showed me a photo text from one of students which said " Mr Weeks you are my favourite teacher – and also my mother’s" Hero to zero in one sentence.

We had a fantastic deal at the Holiday Inn in Gloucester. I tried to lower Josie’s expectations for the visit as she imagined Gloucester being a quaint olde-worlde place, a little like York. Unfortunately having made a detour to see our old house in Barnwood, we took the notorious Coney Hill council estate route into town and her first experience of the city wasn’t a very pleasant one - she was gutted.  Once we found the cathedral things picked up. I found my rabbit – a monument to John Hooper a former Bishop of Gloucester who was ordered to be burnt at the stake and because the wood was damp it took 3 hours for him to die.

The Docks have been tidied up and we enjoyed a wander around before heading back to the hotel.   In the evening the blokes watched Man Utd. get blown away by Barcelona in the Champions League final. Great game, Barca were awesome and made United look second rate. Meanwhile, the girls watched a Julia Roberts film in their room, then announced that they wanted to spend 3 months in Italy, 3 months in Burma and 3 months in India to “find themselves”.

The G&T club was late starting, but we caught up on all of the family news. Ben and Hannah were in San Chimichanga at JJ’s wedding; Jenny was still in California trying to sort out her immigration challenges; Harry was heading off to Australia; Beckie-boo had received a scholarship from the Royal College of Nursing – one of only three in the entire country and Pete had seen Darlo beat Mansfield in the  FA Trophy Final at Wembley. Pete had preferred to stand with his Dad and the fans while Neil, Ben Josie and Becky had used the 4 corporate tickets, that had been given to Pete, to enjoy the lavish hospitality at Wembley.
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