Sunday 3rd May 2009
So, about this bowls event.
It was with trepidation that I went to Southend Victoria train station at 9.00 a.m. to embark on my journey.
£39.30 for a return ticket to Great Yarmouth, not a great start.
The Ticket Seller advised me that I should have booked in advance, as it would only been about six quid. Well this was all a bit last minute. Change at Liverpool Street, Norwich, and finally I arrive at Great Yarmouth train station.
Now, Great Yarmouth has a particular place in my heart. I once broke my wrist whilst trying to ride a mini-motorbike on Big Jim’s farm. I ended up in the A & E department of Yarmouth Hospital, where they adorned my arm with a rather fetching blue plaster cast. I regaled the taxi driver with this story as we drove away from the station.
“Well we’ll be driving right past Yarmouth Hospital on the way to Potters. See there it is”
So, I arrived at Potters Leisure resort, £14.00 for the cab.
It was now around 3 p.m. 7 hours of traveling. I therefore decided that it would be better for me to stay the evening. I went to the reception to pick up the winning tickets, as agreed with Libby. I had already missed the morning session of bowls, but that could not be helped. There they were, two tickets for Mr Carpenter. I enquired if I could book a room for the evening, which seemed to throw them a bit. Yes, I did only want to stay the one night. Most people at Potters tend to stay for at least a fortnight. Anyway, it was ascertained that I could have a bungalow overlooking the sea for £70.34.
I don’t know either.
So in sum, 36p for the stamp, £39.30 for the train, £14 for the cab, and £70.34 for the bungalow, a grand total of £124.00. I looked the price of the tickets up on the internet, £6.00 each, and so I am £112.00 down.
When they gave me my key for the room, it came with complementary tickets to the bowls. Hmmm…