Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Market Harborough on Sea

In Lord Bonkers' first ever Diary - or at least the first he dictated to me - there was the following entry:


A quiet day at home dusting my library and worming the setters. My visit to Southport has led me to ponder the benefits that tourism can bring to a town. If all we hear of global warming and the threat to the ozone layer is true (although I have to say that we managed very well without one in my day, and who is to say that we were any the less happy for it?), soon much of Eastern England will be flooded and Market Harborough will awake one morning to find that it has become a seaside resort.

In preparation for this day, I urge a local councillor of my acquaintance to persuade the Council to build a pier and lay in a generous stock of peppermint rock. Perhaps the time has come when I should consider taking my Gladstone's Patent Gentleman's Bathing Suit out of its mothballs?

As ever, the old brute saw further than the rest of us. For yesterday there came a report from the Harborough Mail:

A trip to the seaside will be on offer in landlocked Harborough next week as a beach is brought to the town centre.

The Square will undergo a transformation next Wednesday as part of a big family fun day.

The Harborough By the Sea event is being held from 10am until 4pm and will feature sandcastle competitions and prizes for finding hidden treasure tokens in the sand.

Unfortunately I shall be too busy with the day job to take part, but I am sure Lord B will be there.

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