Glennis Hooper: Simple pleasures beside the seaside

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Sometimes it is the simple things in life that can bring so much pleasure.

Last weekend we took a large group of our Coffee and Chat ladies and their partners and friends for a day out to the seaside at Skegness.

We all had a lovely time reliving our childhood memories and experiences of eating fish and chips, playing bingo, spending our coins on the fruit machines and having a go at some of the silly games, walking along the beach and the pier, enjoying an ice cream, looking at the donkeys – not riding on them I hasten to add – and generally taking in the sea air and chilling out.

It was uplifting to hear the laughter and anecdotes of adventures retold once back on the coach with everyone asking when and where could we go again.

For those people who joined us, and for us, it was a day of escapism from the traumas of coping with a diagnosis of, and the treatment for breast cancer; it was an inexpensive day to switch off and get on with everyday living – a day to have fun.

The day was further enhanced when we stopped for a comfort break en route and our driver for the day, Roger, owner of RB Travel, suddenly presented us with a substantial cheque as a donation to mark his special “th” birthday.

We were all very moved by his thoughtfulness and generosity.

I strongly recommend coach trips where you can sit back and relax and enjoy a simple day of exploring new and different surroundings, sharing good company, knowing you are in the safe hands of experienced tour operators. Thank you Roger and team! If you can cope with our Crazy gang again, we will be back.

Now to enjoy my stick of rock!