A Boat Trip on the River, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire - 14th September 2019

We're in Stratford on/upon Avon again for Grandad's annual reunion of the 69th Entry to the RAF (1952) - possibly for the last time ever that there will be a full group meeting. We arrive on the Friday night, and then there's a boat trip planned for the group - plus hangers on - on the following day, although the G-Unit's recollections about the details are somewhat vague. After the short-ish boat trip, we wander down the road to see Shakespeare's grave, however there's a wedding on so we can only wander around outside the church. It doesn't matter too much, as the weather is spot on. Before all of that, there's a bit of London randomness, a BSCC ride to Star Wing Brewery, and a stunt plane is throwing itself around the skies above the Oaksmere

next album: Neil and Martina's Wedding, The Three Tuns, Bransgore, Dorset - 20th September 2019
previous album: The 69th Entry RAF Reunion Dinner, Stratford Manor Hotel, Warwickshire - 14th September 2019

A strange blue ball has appeared in the Sheldon Square Pit in Paddington, London

A close-up of the mystery blue ball

Ken wanders across Praed Street after a trip to Peking-Seoul in Paddington

A building on Praed Street has foliage growing out of it

Vlad with his Peking-Seoul lunch

The stunt plane flies around the skies of Suffolk

More biplane stunt action with smoke trail

BT OpenReach has performed a stellar repair job on the fibre cabinet at the end of the road

Phil, Paul and Suey outside Star Wing

Gaz gives it the hairy eyeball in the Star Wing taproom

The gang wanders into the shop at Kettering Services on the A14

Grandad roams around

Fred carries his Lego box through reception

Isobel, a slurping Harry, and the G-Unit

In the hotel bar

An obligatory 'maze of identical corridors' photo as we go to breakfast

Harry and Fred in the hotel

At breakfast, on of the G-Unit's RAF colleagues comes over

The boys play Lego on the hotel's water-feature thing

We wait to cross the road by a very vivid flower bed

More flowers, and the remains of a defunct BHS shop

Businesses in Stratford are not shy about playing on the Shakespeare thing

Harry and Fred face off with a couple of swans

It's all Fountain of Salmacis by a statue of Hermaphroditus

Grandad meets another RAF buddy

There's a kerfuffle as Grandad's name isn't on the list

A longboat pootles about

On the boat

There's green gunge stuck to the side of the canal lock

There's a stray leg dangling down from the roof of the boat

Crowds and swans watch the departing boat, as the lock gates are closed

Another pleasure boat has a flotilla of attendant swans

This swan is doing something weird with its beak and tongue

The rebuilt RSC theatre, as reputedly slagged off (architecturally) by Edward Elgar

There are lots of rowers on the river

Someone contemplates the River Avon (or River River)

Rowing boats bob about on the Avon

Holy Trinity Church from the river

The heavily-reinforced Colin P Witter canal lock

These swans have attitude

There's a massive swan frenzy when a small child starts flinging bird food in the river

Former industrial buildings on Canal Basin

What looks like floating foam is actually thousands of feathers on the water

A strangely-crowned K6 phone box on Waterside

Nice buildings on the corner of Sheep Street and Waterside

Fred walks past the 'Dirty Duck' pub

Harry looks for something

One of the unique streetlamps on Waterside

Fred takes a photo of a streetlight on Southern Lane

Another view of Holy Trinity Church

Stained glass windows, from the wrong side really

Harry pokes at some old carved graffiti in the church wall

A nice tree

Some photos of Shakespeare plays are stuck on a building

Fred wanders around near The Other Place and the 'tin shed'

Fred does another photo of street furniture

Many of the houses on Waterside have amusing Shakespeare door knockers

Grandad has a coffee

Our boat from earlier in the day - Jennifer May - does another trip

Fred looks at another Origami book in The Works

Harry underneath a big inflatable shark

A couple of quite good singers do some busking

A dude on stilts waves at passing traffic

Grandad in the car park

A blur of action

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A strange blue ball has appeared in the Sheldon Square Pit in Paddington, London