A Challenging Evening Run

This run is not for the first time, as you may come to realise, but reading his piece today, one could be forgiven for not recognising other evenings such as this, his descriptive talents triumph over the repetition of a well known run !  Winter Hill is not the same today, Charlie, it houses a Television transmitter station and a 1000 feet tall transmitter aerial.  And it is currently sending out into the night 146 different television programmes all at the same time.

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I like the little footnote by Charlie >who inadvertently got booked by a Lancashire Policeman for riding without lights on his way home.  As it was Charlie’s first offence he seems to have been very philosophical about it all, but then to expect someone to bring a summons round to his house, he couldn’t resist marking the fact that it was never followed up !

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Eaton Hall, still the family seat of the Duke of Westminster, although I suspect much time is spent in his London home.  Eaton Hall is something you could usefully Google, seemingly property on the site goes back to the 1440’s, but just bear in mind that although the Duke is said to be the most wealthy landed person in the UK,  some Russian political refugees over here will dwarf his fortune but they wouldn’t have featured in Charlie’s thoughts.

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The drawing today is of the ‘Pickering Arms’ in Thelwall village, just outside Warrington and close to the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal.  There is a lot more history of the pub if you Google the Pickering Arms, Charlie mentions that it was 1000 years old in 1923, which means that now it is only 6 years or so away from 1100 years old.  There is certainly a lot of history around this pub.

A Talking Shop !

Yes, another Annual General Meeting, a veritable talking shop and no mistake.  Nothing daunted our hero enters the fray and starts by taking issue with the Bolton Watch Committee who have recently resolved to lobby for every vehicle in the hours of darkness to carry a red rear light.  (A subject much debated in Parliament at the time).  It doesn’t say so in this piece but Charlie had very strong views on the threatened compulsion to carry any sort of light at the rear.  Let the overtaker beware was his philosophy.  Not much help for the poor cyclist who may be literally carried away, but in those days fatal road accidents were very much more commonplace than nowadays.