What a blast Bus Pass Trip 10 proved to be! Brilliant weather, beautiful scenery, blossom blooming and buses on time! This was a 7-day journey through the ‘rose’ counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire (except for a brief foray into Mersyside) and I did my utmost to make peace, not war, even when gently chastising the occasional litter lout. My itinerary included visiting Rochdale, Bolton, Blackburn, Accrington, Burnley, Skipton, Keighley, Bradford, Ilkley, Otley, Harrogate, Ripon, Boroughbridge, Colne, Chorley, Southport, Ormskirk, Wigan and Manchester, before returning home to Oldham.
I travelled by 28 buses, 2 trams, 1 train and 3 cars, stayed in 4 Hanover Housing Guest Rooms, spent 2 nights with Janet & Co. in Boroughbridge, dined out with Jo & Frank at the Taste of Greece café in Bolton, visited 15 Wetherspoons pubs and did family history research in 5 Local Studies Libraries, namely Accrington, Keighley, Colne, Blackburn and Southport. My accommodation totalled £49.50 and, as usual, my transport cost was Zilch. However, as yet, I haven’t dared to tally my Wetherspoons bill!
Some wonderful people I met along the way have been both encouraging and inspirational: Dr Morag Rose, a ‘Loiterer’ (Google it!) in Manchester who was excited to take a photograph of my tatty #1PieceOfRubbish flag (and she posted it on Twitter!); Sam, in Southport, who promised that he and his ‘drone’ would locate and lift rubbish (and he has kept his word!); a lovely lady librarian in Blackburn Library who sought out lots of information about the Theatre Royal where my great-grandmother had performed in 1882; and Sue, the Estate Manager at Rydal Court, Hanover Housing, Bolton who was so interested in hearing about my travels that she was very late going home for tea!
As ever, I have received numerous messages of support, ‘likes’, ‘shares’, ‘retweets’ and ‘reposts’, on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, to help me along my way – and, as ever, I tender my apologies for not replying to you all in person. I hope I’ve made a minute difference to the world, I hope I’ve encouraged a few new recruits and I hope I’ve left only a shadow in my wake. I’ve certainly talked a ‘load of rubbish’ – but then I always do!!!!
Many thanks to you all for your abiding love and care for the environment and I’ll leave you with this quotation from ‘Matilda’, written on the wall in the Southport Atkinson Library:
“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”