For the past 20 years I have been running coach trips to various places in Great Britain, such as theatres, stately homes and holidays abroad. For most of this period, I was a full-time job as a Secretary for Lancashire County Council! Now however, I am retired so it is a little easier!
I have used the same coach company, Holmeswood Coaches Ltd, and the same driver, John, for 20 years. A number of my passengers have been with me since I began. On each trip I run a raffle for different charities because I think that while we are enjoying ourselves, others cannot, and it would be nice to help them. So over the years we have collected a few thousand pounds for various charities.
I use a number of different hotels, some are part of a group, and some are privately owned, but I always make sure they are of a certain standard. I have been using the Rembrandt for the past 12 years and my passengers always ask, “Are we staying at the Rembrandt?”
I have not had as many trips this year, but we did stay at the Rembrandt in March, when we came down to see the musical “Oliver.” As you will probably know “Nancy” comes from Blackpool, which is only 20 miles away from us, so we came to support our “Lancashire Lass!”
As usual we were very well looked after – all the staff are so friendly and helpful and appear to be always pleased to see us! At the end of August this year, we shall be back again, this time to see “Peter Pan” in Kensington Gardens. After that, our next stay will be in January 2010, when I will be bringing a group of Soroptimists and friends as they are wishing to see “Oliver” – also the sales will be on!
You can tell by what I have said above that I am kept busy and there are a few more tours in the pipeline e.g. The Soroptimist Conference in Cardiff in October this year and the Christmas trip to see the Thursford Spectacular in Norfolk in early December.
Submitted by AILSA LYLES, guest of The Rembrandt