Saturday 19 May
The day of the Royal Wedding sees us driving up to Warrington to meet up with Phillip & Sylvia who are delayed because of a puncture but there in time for us to go out for a meal in Warrington at San Lorenzo which is housed in the old Treasury building at Palmyra Square.
Food not bad but service very slow – we had to wait for about an hour for our main course.
The Treasury Building has an interesting history being built in 1901 and housed then the Warrington Technical College before being used by the local council’s finance department and then earlier this century being converted into it’s present day useage.
Phillip had arranged a night out at the next door Parr Hall with an Abba Tribute band – Thank you for the Music. The sound reproduction of the singers was good, the clothes good but they hadn’t quite got the movement right although the evening was very enjoyable – shame there were many untaken seats.
A local school choir had been roped in to join in with one of the numbers which had swelled the audience by the addition of the parents / grandparents.
Sunday 20 May
A morning at the Victorian Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich, Cheshire.
The lift provides a 50-foot (15.2 m) vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal and is operated by the Canal & River trust.
A visitor Centre is at the top of the lift which is free to enter and provides some historical photographs and the complex is run well by the Canal River Trust. ( http://www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/anderton )
The lift had to be built out from the bank of the River thus creating an island but over the years, this has been filled in.
To experience the lift, a boat ride is required which takes you down from the visitor centre which is on the Canal level to the river below and is followed by a river trip to Northwich and back to the base of the visitor centre at the lower river level. (The process is reversed for every other journey)
A very informative commentary was provided with some good photo opportunities in our tour that lasted about 75 minutes.
The one downside is the view of the still operational Tata Chemicals factory opposite the boat lift and but this does have a claim to fame as it was the location of the invention of Polythene, widely used nowadays in many plastic items such as polythene bags, back in 1933 by two gentlemen, Mr R O Gibson and Mr E W Fawcett, during an experiment that ‘went wrong’.
After our cruise up River to Northwich and back we look at the cars at the car rally – mostly TVRs – that was on display in the grounds before climbing up to the Visitor Centre for refreshments.
We now head off to Dunham Massey a National Trust property with a massive park near Little Bollington which is today very popular in the sunshine.