Sutton on Sea Carnival 31st July 2011

Slight problems as the coach arrived at the 'Wood' for the start of our days outing to Sutton on Sea. Having opted to leave the instruments in the West Wing at the pub to save transporting them from home, un beknowing Mark was still on holiday and couldn't gain entrance into the pub due to the alarms being set, it was now a question of who to raise to allow us access.
A few phone calls later and the coach is Eastwood bound with everything aboard for our umpteenth visit to participate in this event, but as usual via a few hours pleasure first in Ingomells looking for bargains on the Eastgate Market. A couple of Families were meeting us there for differing reasons but nevertheless a good day was on the cards from the start.

Being the first coach to arrive in the Car Park at 10:30am the members were soon heading off in the direction of the Market and Amusements in the heat of another hot sunny day. For once, a few senior members lead by the excited Becky, Alison and Mark decided to head for one of the White Knuckle rides. After finally tracking the Tokens down the excited party, joined by Kevin, Karim and Nick headed for the entrance. After numerous expletatives and words not normally heard the ride started it's climb. After just yards more screams and swear words were heard coming from Becky's carraige. Despite the 1Min 45 Second ride twisting everyway possibly and suffering several G's, Becky continued to scream at the top of her voice, only being interupted briefly for more breath before continuing to the end. For safety reasons Mark did remove his shoes........

2 Hours later, suitably prepared the members boarded the coach for the short journey up the coast to our destination in readiness for a 3:00pm move off at the head of this years parade. Also in attendance were other Senior bands of our acquaintance, Breaston Highlanders, Long Eaton Militaires, Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers and the Ambassadors of Derby.

At precisely 3:00pm the band headed of the line up around the village to a very well supported Carnival all along the prepared route, passing by the large crowd gathered on the promenade area. Making their now customary stop outside the residential home ( I'm told this is where TrevO will end up, allegedly) to play for the current residents, before continuing back up the High Street and Broadway and returning to the coach park before swiftly changing out of uniform and taking up a kerbside position to applaud the other Marching Bands that returned to the end of the Parade.

With Sara collecting the entire 'bands uniform and accessories to take home for preperations ahead of our 6th visit to the Jersey 'Battle of Flowers', everyone else was allowed to undertake the option of their choice, a walk on the crowded beach, a cool drink at the bar and Karaoke or a splash in the paddling pool before the Fish & Chip supper and the trip back home.

After a brief kip on the bus several members woke from a little power knap and decided to conduct questionaires and even partake in a few experiments which can only be described as one of the most humorous 30 minutes ever witnessed on a single coach trip. The Day may have been very long and warm but well worth the effort just for the laughs had by all on the coach trip home.

Once again another good fun day at the seaside for our hardworking members.


And as regular as ever


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