Christmas Expedition starts from Lydiate?

A story for the Christmas season to warm the heart of pretty much no one.

In what some would term an unusual move (and others would say is utterly barmy) His Lordship and Baldrick his unfaithful serf/elf are supposedly (according to a press release from His Lordship) setting out on their Christmas 2015 Expedition tonight.

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Starting off along the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Lydiate the intrepid pair of barmpots claim that they intend to visit London, Kirkaldy, Steinhude (where’s that?) and Zagreb.

The photo above is also amongst my Flickr shots at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

If this expedition actually happens I will eat Paddy Ashdown’s hat assuming he hasn’t already eaten it himself by now!

Southport – Marine Drive – Close encounter with hot air balloon

www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/must_see/34531009

The BBC has a video of this remarkable incident on its web site – see link above – which could have led to a serious accident but which was fortunately avoided.

With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this story.

West Lancs Light Railway – Hesketh Bank

This is a delightful narrow gauge railway at Hesketh Bank between Southport and Preston. Their web site is at:-

www.westlancs.org/

I undertook a ‘Driver Experience’ day there with my Brother-In-Law Ian a few years ago and we had an excellent day shunting up and down the tracks.

It is open to the public most Sundays and is well worth a visit.

Me on the footplate of the steam engine 'Stanhope'

Me on the footplate of the steam engine ‘Stanhope’

Steaming along

Steaming along

These excellent shots were taken by ace Lydiate photographer Keith Page. You can see his work at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/keith_page/