A trip back to my original home county of Nottinghamshire was called for, so with Sheila and daughter Jen off we went to once again discover my roots. My main objective of this particular trip was to watch cricket at Trent Bridge following in the steps of my Dad George Robertson and Grandad Bill Robertson, but there’d other highlights too.
Our first stop was Edwinstowe to have a look at the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest:-
Then a visit to see a relative living only a couple of miles away from the Major Oak in the lovely Nottinghamshire countryside.
Our hotel for the trip was the Premier Inn Nottingham West which is well situated at the end of one of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) tram lines meaning no driving was required around an unfamiliar city. You know exactly what you’re going to get at a Premier Inn and we use them regularly. NET trams, as I’ve said before, are very good indeed:-
A look at Park Tunnel was worth the short walk out of the City Centre. I’d first heard of it via ‘Trekking Explorations’ on YouTube – see link below – a video well worth looking at:-
And then a day at the cricket for me at the beautifully appointed Trent Bridge Cricket Ground watching Nottinghamshire V Middlesex in the County Championship. Fortunately, it was just the right weather for cricket, not too hot or cold. My Grandad Bill Robertson took my Dad to this ground just before the 2nd World War (Dad went many times after then, particularly when he’d retired) so I was following in their footsteps so to speak. Dad used to tell me of meeting famous Nottinghamshire batsman Joe Hardstaff (Jnr) on the bus from Kirkby-In-Ashfield to Nottingham after the war – see link below:-
We also took in a trip to Newstead Abbey, which has recently made an appearance in the BBC Drama ‘Sherwood’. The first things we saw were peacocks and those who watched the series will recall how one was ‘killed’ with a longbow and arrow. No, of course, the one you see dead on TV was not real one……
And finally, a look at the Town I was born in, Kirkby-In-Ashfield. On Orchard Road we found No.14, which I lived in until the age of 6 when we left Kirkby and we ended up having a chat with a nice chap who lived at No.18 (I think) who told us he recalled our next-door neighbours (No.12 – Jack Garner and his wife) who were there when we were. The photo below is me on the footpath which used to go over the now long gone Kirkby-In-Ashfield Central Station and railway. The significance of it was that around 5 years old I disappeared from home and was found after a shortish search waiting to see the ‘Fish Train’ which passed through each day.
As you might expect I enjoyed my trip down memory lane. I’ll be going back, of course, not least to watch more cricket at the home of Randall, Hardstaff, Larwood, Sobers etc. (oh how I’d have loved to have seen them all play at Trent Bridge) and not forgetting one of my present-day cricketing heroes Haseeb Hameed.
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* Tony has lived on Merseyside since the age of 10 and presently resides in Lydiate