Another venue sans photo of me (and sans Carolyn).
The mystery tonight was whether we were in Lytham or in St.Annes. These two distinct places on the Lancashire coast have been spatchcocked together, much to the resentment of many of the residents.
The Lowther Pavilion, where I appeared on Wednesday evening, is apparently in Lytham although many of the staff told me quietly that they lived in St Annes claiming that it was a much nicer place.
What is beyond contention is the success of the Lowther. Saved from extinction by local campaigners thirty years ago, it thrives on community support. The lovely staff are all volunteers (thanks in particular go to Jackie, the Stage Manager, and Margaret who sold the books – lots of them).
In the audience were Jeffrey Hammond, former bass guitarist with Jethro Tull and Carl Webb, Regional Secretary of my Union, the CWU. Carl is an old and valued friend and we adjourn to the County Hotel afterwards for beer and gossip.