Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Monday, 25 April 2016

Saturday 23 April 2016 – A Birthday Party and a parkrun

“Take a Deep Breath, Jacob”…


“Well done!”


(Notice ‘The Hoover’ lurking in case of crumbs.)

We had a lovely time at Jacob’s ‘family party’ on his fifth birthday. Earlier, he had another party with 24 friends to help him celebrate. He was no doubt shattered by the end of the day. Thanks go to Sue for the photos – mine were terrible.

Earlier, Sue and I had joined 259 others on a lovely morning at Wythenshawe parkrun, with a leisurely coffee afterwards in the courtyard café.

Here’s what the hall looks like now.


I was told that a security firm now has a two year contract to guard the hall for 24 hours a day – two staff during the day, four at night – and that the arsonist got eight years in prison.

[We had an uneventful return journey from Puerto Pollenca. A Mallorcan slideshow and index may follow, once we have prepared our ‘Patagonian Adventure’ show for Stockport Walking and Outdoor Group on Wednesday – Hazel Grove Civic Centre – 8pm, all welcome, £1 entry fee.]


Louise said...

23rd April, what an excellent day to celebrate!

Phreerunner said...

Ah yes, Happy Anniversary Louise and David!

AlanR said...

I hope his mate who has set fire to Monks Hall Museum in Eccles gets the same. What is wrong with these people.
4 legged hoovers are great.

Phreerunner said...

The Monks Hall Museum fire seems to have been expected by residents after Salford City Council closed the museum and allowed the property to deteriorate. It's a great shame. Here's what someone called Mike Leber says about it:

"Now retired and living in Spain, I was deeply saddened by the news. It is both tragic and shameful. In the 1970s , I was proud to have the privilege of running the museum, which during its first 15 years had established not only a strong local following but also a national reputation, through exhibitions like 'A Tribute to Lowry', 'Alexander Nasmyth and his family' and 'Prisoners of Nippon'. Other exhibitions fostered the artistic careers of Harold Riley, Geoffrey Key, Tom Brown and many others.
That the museum closed brought no credit to senior Salford Council officers and councillors. The subsequent history of the hall, the oldest secular building in Eccles, is little short of a disgrace.
No doubt this important part of our history will soon disappear. Such history can never be replaced and its loss will be felt by the people of Eccles, Salford and beyond."

In the case of Wythenshawe Hall, there was a steady process of maintenance and restoration in place that has now been set back by the fire, but the end result should be a superb amenity (which the park is already) to go along with all that is offered by Wythenshawe Park in the urban sprawl of South Manchester.

Louise said...

Thank you 😁