As I walk into Briery Bank two hundred yards from my house parked cars line the road and families throng the pavements - we are still nearly a kilometre from the action down on the front. At the junction of Briery Bank and Silverdale Road a huge tanker, nothing to do with the event, and totally out of place here, probably due to erroneous use of sat. nav. cannot make the turn because of cars parked on both sides of the two roads - gridlock. I march on past parked cars and jostling pedestrians chattering excitedly eager for the action.
As I turn the corner onto the front the Albion pub is packed inside and out. From my slightly elevated position I am looking over a sea of heads stretching across the whole of the front as far as I can see.
Granddaughter Katie is helping on a sweet stall outside Arnside House Gift shop and I find Mum amongst the crowds with a collecting bucket and we have a chat then I get back to Katie and her friend Lily outside the shop. We watch the impressive display, the first half for the onlookers here, and the second half for the benefit of a special train that parks on the Arnside railway viaduct running across to Grange-over-Sands. Unfortunately the second half is partly obscured by a huge blanket of smoke that emanates from the first half, but it is still a pretty good display - whether the people on the train saw it I know not, but we had a jolly event here to cheer us after the dismal rugby result earlier.
|Katie at the sweet stall|