Didn't think much of New Brighton tbh, ok for a stroll along the waterfront but that was about it. Southport was much nicer, it even had a lawnmower museum.
We are staying at Southport ..
My trip to Southport.
Me and bint go to the Liverpool bus station and get the EXPRESS BUS to Southport. Lovely warm day, so we have a walk through the Victorian arcade then along to the market, head along the high street where I spy a sign for the lawnmower museum, well this was just somewhere I had to visit, after walking for what seemed ages (perhaps it was just the heat getting me), voila, there it was, a hardware store. Pay the guy three quid a skull and he says someone has just went in before us and if we wanted to listen to the recorded tour we would need to wait fifteen minutes, declining his offer we say we'll get the gist of things ourselves.
This snazzy little number was once owned by Birkenhead blonde bombshell, Lily Savage.
Anyway we overtook the people in front of us and made for the exit, shouting over to the owner on the way out that it had been very interesting. Not sure how I kept a straight face.
Another long walk back into town but it was worth it as I convinced the missus an ale was in order. After a couple, we bought some sandwiches and headed for the boating lake for a picnic, yum yum. Well being by the seaside I thought a wee paddle would be just the thing to cool my sweaty feet, unfortunately the tide was out.
So we had a stroll along the pier to see if we could see the sea instead. Heading back to dry land I spot this cafe/bar with a large terrace and an outdoor stage, time for another pit stop.
There were two brothers singing, seemingly they usually play the costas (no the coffee shops, Spain) and to be honest it felt like being abroad, oh ffs, I hadn't noticed the time, it was teatime and the Dundee Derby was on the telly later, so it was adios to the two lads and time to get the bus back to Liverpoool. Waited and waited for the bus and when it arrived we jumped on, big mistake, it wasn't the EXPRESS BUS, this bus stopped at every village, hamlet and farm road on route. Having consumed six pints of amber nectar I tells the bint I need to get off, so I'm sitting cross legged and as the bus turns the corner here's this big boozer, hit the bell I tell her. I was off that bus across the road, straight into the bog and pisssssshhhhh, happy days. Checks the time, 7 o'clock, the pub wasn't busy so I asks the barman if he could show the Dundee match, no problems he says, so we order up some tuck. Bints phone rings, it's her bro who is in Italy, he's a United fan and tells her it will be 2-1 United, she, who has never been in a bookies before but believes everything her brother tells her nips ben and sticks a fiver on 2-1 at 8/1.
What more could a man want, a beer, a mixed grill and footy on the telly.
0-0 half time and the pub is getting busier and a few of the locals are having a chat, 2-0 United, then with less than 10 minutes to go 2-1 and the locals are all cheering for bint as her line is almost up, 94th minute Bints walking out the door to collect her winnings, GET IN 2-2 last kick of the ball.
10 o'clock and it's pub quiz time, I kid you not, 10pm and they start quizzing, so we team up with a couple of old guys to form a team, needless to say we didn't win. The witching hour and JJ and bint are @#$%& so go for the bus, it's dark and we can't read the bus timetable, so we try taking pictures of the timetable to see if we can shed any light on the time of the last bus, but to no avail.
Now bint is needing a wee wee, so we nip behind this wall, me on look out, ffs, the frigging bus passes, so we are blootered, didn't even know where we were, so we start walking in the direction of the bus we got off was heading, total silence, not a motor in sight, so we sits down at a bus stop thinking we are going to have to google ourselves out of here and try and find out where we are in order to phone a taxi, when hallelujaha this wee minibus comes along the road with Liverpool on the front, Champion.
Sorry for wasting your time but I have great memories of that day.