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BABBACOMBE 2014 (our 8th trip)

Our 2014 Bootscooter 4 day holiday took us back to The Sefton Hotel, Babbacombe, something we don’t usually do, but after being contacted by the hotel owner asking if we’d like to return and offering us a great deal, then how could we refuse.

We had a great journey down with Dave our coach driver, in glorious sunshine most of the way, and with just a couple of stop offs we arrived at the hotel in great time Friday afternoon.  By the time we’d got our keys and sorted our luggage out there was still plenty of time before the evening meal to go for a walk or for some of us sit relaxing by one of the bars and take ‘light’ refreshment.

After an excellent evening meal it was off to the ballroom for our evening entertainment by Jillie Peters a fabulous cabaret act.  Jillie started the evening off with a session of bingo – with really good prize money – a few ‘pounds’ being won by Bootscooters and friends. Following the bingo Jillie entertained us, she had a brilliant singing voice and her many impressions, were absolutely hilarious, Elvis, Pavarotti, Freddy Mercury, Jake the Peg, Singing Nun, Tina Turner,  they just kept on coming and were superb. The laughter just didn’t stop.  In between Jillie sung a variety of songs and even played classical music on the keyboard, a very multitalented lady.  What a superb night’s entertainment.  We were also fortunate to have secured a 99p bar for 3 hours every night. When Jillie had finished for the night it was time to fire up the laptop and do a bit of line dancing until midnight.  Friday was a great night and I think we all went to bed exhausted from laughing, dancing and drinking.

Saturday morning after a great breakfast we boarded the coach for a full day out to Plymouth.  Dave took us the scenic route via the coastal villages.  We expected to see allot of damage done by the storms weeks before, but thankfully we didn’t see any.  We arrived in Plymouth around 11.20 and some of us set off to see The Hoe.  Each of us going our different ways to either sight see or shop.  Plymouth had such allot to offer, a lovely place with grand shops and a beautiful harbour area.

We had a great day there, and again, lovely weather.  On our way back to Babbacombe, Dave stopped off at Lee Mills a clearance warehouse where many took the advantage to buy some of the dramatically reduced goods. Then back to the Hotel. Again after another filling evening meal it was entertainment time.

Saturday night brought Alan Andrews, a guitar vocalist. Alan sorted out the bingo session and again several of us won and again the money was good.   We saw Alan last year and he was superb and he didn’t disappoint us.  He was on top form again and even recognised us from last year.  So again we had yet another brilliant night.  When Alan finished it was again line dance time till midnight.  Another full day, but really enjoyable.

Sunday was our ‘free’ day. In the morning we had a line dance workshop where I taught a 64 count dance ‘When my Little Girl is Smiling’ by Marie Sorenson, music by Dave Sheriff.  After the workshop everyone went their separate ways. Quite a few of us got the bus into Torquay for a browse around the shops and buy some last minute gifts to take home.  Torquay has some lovely shops and a couple of very nice Wetherspoons, where a few of us met up for a bite of lunch.

Eventually back to the hotel, another lovely meal and another great night of entertainment by Keith Brown a keyboard vocalist and another 99p bar.  After Keith had finished it was again line dance time and lots of us stayed dancing till midnight.

Dave our driver had informed us earlier in the day that he was unwell, but had phoned his company to request another driver.  Bill his replacement arrived early Monday morning, did he know what he was letting himself in for.

Monday morning Bill (the driver) Bill, and a few of the men, helped bring cases down before breakfast and everyone else obliged by helping.  The cases soon on the coach, breakfast done it was time to head off home.  We had our usual quiz on the coach and our usual cheating, but it was fun.

What an absolutely fabulous time we all had --- really don’t know how we can top 2014, obviously a number of people are asking where we are likely to go in 2015, that has not yet been decided, yet Bill and I have looked at a couple of venues already, but like always, our promise is to the ones who attended this year at the Sefton will have first refusal.


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