After breakfast, and a stroll into Warrington town centre with Nick and Terl, we all climb aboard the magic bus for the trip out to the seaside town of New Brighton. Situated on the promenade overlooking the River Mersey, on the Wirral peninsula, the Floral Pavilion is the latest venue on our jaunt around the UK.
The Theatre originally opened as an open-air summer theatre within the Victoria Gardens. In 1925 it was covered by an iron and glass roof and during the mid-1960s was largely rebuilt, with a full metal roof.
The theatre closed in 2007 and was demolished as part of the town's redevelopment plans. Rebuilt to a new design it reopened in December 2008 with a performance by comedian Ken Dodd, whose long association with the Pavilion began with his first appearance there in 1940.
There are laughs aplenty backstage, banter with ‘Bison’ and the rest of the boys, then it’s time to change strings, tune up, eat Mexican and sample the wine, before we hit the stage for our eighth show.
Half an hour of slick, adrenalin-fuelled ‘Sadie Rock’ and we’re out in the foyer to meet and greet at the World Vision stand.
Great to see our cousin, Mike ‘Beaker’ Nelson and his lovely wife Val during the interval. Val is a dedicated music teacher and once taught Gary Barlow – she used to bring cassette tapes (remember those) of songs he had just written as a teenager and play them to us. Wish we’d signed him up!
Back to the hotel for drinks in the bar. One went straight to bed while some, who shall remain nameless, were up till 4am ... a few bleary eyes at breakfast this morning. Still, time to recover today... we’re just down the road at the Parr Hall, Warrington tonight. Tra la la....