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A Trip to Alton Towers, Staffordshire - 19th June 2004

It's Gov's birthday, so he arranges a trip to Alton Towers in Staffordshire to celebrate. On the way, the A14 is hosed so we have to divert through Kettering, then on the way back we stop off in Cambridge for a curry at the Maharaja on Castle Street. Whilst at Alton Towers, we have a wander around the grounds, which were more or less the only thing there when Nosher was a more regular visitor in the 1970s. They are still mostly well maintained but sadly now more deserted. It's the same with the house, which is derelict but mostly explorable, but most people pass it by in favour of the more visceral rollercoasters

next album: Longview at the Waterfront, and a Trip to the Shops, Norwich, Norfolk - 27th June 2004
previous album: Andrey Leaves Trigenix, More Skelton Festival and a Transit of Venus, Cambridge and Diss - 4th June 2004

2004 Mikey-P eats his sandwich whilst we stop at Kettering Services

Mikey-P eats his sandwich whilst we stop at Kettering Services

2004 The A14 isn't looking too good

The A14 isn't looking too good

2004 Clare and Mike have a snog

Clare and Mike have a snog

2004 The A14 is closed off

The A14 is closed off

2004 The A14 is a bit emptier than it usually is

The A14 is a bit emptier than it usually is

2004 DH and Gov in the queue for something

DH and Gov in the queue for something

2004 Clare and Phil queue up for Oblivion

Clare and Phil queue up for Oblivion

2004 Oblivion is ready to drop

Oblivion is ready to drop

2004 The gang pose for a pic outside Oblivion's drop-hol

The gang pose for a pic outside Oblivion's drop-hol

2004 Strolling past the house

Strolling past the house

2004 There's some sort of activity going on

There's some sort of activity going on

2004 We head off into the gardens

We head off into the gardens

2004 The grounds are looking good at this time of year

The grounds are looking good at this time of year

2004 Queueing for the log flume

Queueing for the log flume

2004 Mikey P shows off his wet trousers

Mikey P shows off his wet trousers

2004 DH and Mikey P

DH and Mikey P

2004 People on the log flume

People on the log flume

2004 DH tries to cover up

DH tries to cover up

2004 DH and The Boy Phil

DH and The Boy Phil

2004 Bill's getting wet

Bill's getting wet

2004 More spinning around in the wet

More spinning around in the wet

2004 Phil and Bill

Phil and Bill

2004 Bill gets a weird mask from somewhere

Bill gets a weird mask from somewhere

2004 Gov, DH and Clare do a spot of map reading

Gov, DH and Clare do a spot of map reading

2004 Gov and Mikey-P near the queue for Air

Gov and Mikey-P near the queue for Air

2004 We wander back through the gardens

We wander back through the gardens

2004 Walking past the orangery

Walking past the orangery

2004 Bill down below

Bill down below

2004 Clare and Mikey roam around

Clare and Mikey roam around

2004 The orangery; a bit more derelict these days

The orangery; a bit more derelict these days

2004 Gov sits on some steps

Gov sits on some steps

2004 He made the desert shine

He made the desert shine

2004 DH roams around

DH roams around

2004 Modern stained glass

Modern stained glass

2004 A nice roof in the house

A nice roof in the house

2004 DH looks at a plaque

DH looks at a plaque

2004 We poke around some old ovens

We poke around some old ovens

2004 A nice old fireplace

A nice old fireplace

2004 DH sticks his head up a chimney

DH sticks his head up a chimney

2004 Some derelict parts of the house

Some derelict parts of the house

2004 DH looks around in the old music room

DH looks around in the old music room

2004 We find some rooms that are like a scene from Blade Runner

We find some rooms that are like a scene from Blade Runner

2004 Dust motes hang in the air

Dust motes hang in the air

2004 A view from the rood

A view from the rood

2004 DH does jazz hands

DH does jazz hands

2004 The gang are in another car park

The gang are in another car park

2004 The Boy Phil and Gov in the Castle Inn, Cambridge

The Boy Phil and Gov in the Castle Inn, Cambridge

2004 Clare gets the chilli pickle in the Maharaja

Clare gets the chilli pickle in the Maharaja

2004 Mikey P's got a poppadum

Mikey P's got a poppadum

2004 DH and Bill

DH and Bill

2004 Bill and Clare

Bill and Clare

2004 Mikey P's looking hot in the Maharaja

Mikey P's looking hot in the Maharaja

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Mikey-P eats his sandwich whilst we stop at Kettering Services

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