When we left Glasson we had to rush down to the very urbanised Preston end of the Lancaster Canal.
We’d have gone here anyway – just to say we’d travelled the length of the canal – but we probably wouldn’t have stayed if we hadn’t got tickets to a gig in The Continental in Preston. A friend of mine, the excellent guitarist Michael Chapman, was playing there along with Bridget St John, someone whose music I’ve admired since I was a teenager – a VERY long time ago! Because the visitor moorings near Preston are limited and quite a distance away from the centre of town, we decided to pay for a couple of nights’ stay in Arlen Hire Boats. It was secure, friendly and had access to all the services we needed, including fuel. The only downside was that it was a little cramped!
The Continental is a pleasant venue right beside the river Ribble. We walked there via the centre of town (stopping at ‘spoons for a fish Friday dinner and beer)….
…past the impressive sculpture commemorating the killing of four cotton mill workers during the general strike of 1842….
… and through the beautiful Japanese garden in Avenham Park. Just as we were arriving at the pub we met Michael wandering into the park to get some fresh air before he started playing. We haven’t seen him since we house sat over a year ago and it was great to catch up.
The gig was as amazing as I could have expected.
….specially as Michael introduced me to Bridget and I got to have my photograph taken with her – something I’d never have imagined all those years ago when I saw her play in the McMordie Hall at Queens University in Belfast.