I Just Couldn't Resist Going On The Trip
The People's Friend|November 25,2017

In her weekly column, Maddie Grigg shares tales from her life in rural Dorset . . .

 

THERE’S a queue when we get up to the hall for the Over Sixties’ outing. And we’ve just minutes to spare before the coach leaves.

I’ve taken the day off, lied about my age and booked seats for Mr Grigg, Mr Loggins, Mrs Bancroft and myself. We’re off to Plymouth for the day.

When I heard that’s where the Over Sixties were heading, I just couldn’t resist going on the trip. You see, I trained as a reporter in this seafaring city nearly 40 years ago, and I’d like to go back.

Mrs Hayworth, who runs the trips, knows I’m not yet of age, but says she’s glad to fill the seats.

So the four of us get on the bus and walk down the aisle, sitting at the back, then settle down for the journey.

“Are you excited?” Mrs Bancroft asks.

I must admit I am. I’ve been back in Plymouth a few times since qualifying as a journalist in 1982, mostly for reunions with some of the people I trained with.

It has been great to meet up with them, especially as nearly all of us are still doing writing of some kind.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM THE PEOPLE'S FRIENDView All

Three Wishes

The genie was waiting – and Daisy had some thinking to do!

8 mins read
The People's Friend
December 02,2017

Stay Strong, Stay Steady

To help prevent falls, build your muscles. Our Health Writer, Colleen Shannon, reports.

2 mins read
The People's Friend
December 02,2017

This Whole Pizza-Oven Saga Has Seemed Like A Never-Ending Story

In her weekly column, Maddie Grigg shares tales from her life in rural Dorset . . .

3 mins read
The People's Friend
December 02,2017

Modern Man

With Andrew it was important that everything was up to the minute. Where did I fit in?

9 mins read
The People's Friend
December 02,2017

Now You See It

Legend had it the ghost only appeared to one person at a time. Who would be next?

4 mins read
The People's Friend
November 25,2017

I Just Couldn't Resist Going On The Trip

In her weekly column, Maddie Grigg shares tales from her life in rural Dorset . . .

3 mins read
The People's Friend
November 25,2017

How To Choose An Electric Blanket

A quick guide from consumer expert Lorna Cowan.

2 mins read
The People's Friend
November 25,2017

Problems With Night Vision

Do you have trouble seeing after dark? Our Health Writer, Colleen Shannon, reports.

2 mins read
The People's Friend
November 25,2017

Your Money Mortgage Matters

Stephanie Hawthorne, award-winning financial journalist, writes for us.

3 mins read
The People's Friend
November 04,2017

Vintage Vehicles

Pat Coulter braves a chilly start for the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

4 mins read
The People's Friend
November 04,2017
RELATED STORIES

CHERISHING CITY TO CITY A timeless classic by GERRY RAFFERTY

It’s early 1978 and the new single by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, “Baker Street,” is blasting out on the airwaves on my small transistor radio.

10+ mins read
GOLDMINE
April 2021

FIRE POKER MURDER!

Brute busted for leaving wife to die in basement with a hole in her head

1 min read
Globe
February 08, 2021

Detailed Observations

Thompson was the Grand Prize Winner of International Artist magazine’s Challenge No. 117, Florals & Garden

2 mins read
American Art Collector
December 2020

Alternative Rigs for Multihulls

I’ve posted some brief notes about multihull rigs on the “Useful Articles” pages of my website, www.sailingcatamarans. com. There, in the “Different Design Features” section, I explain why the sensible choice for multihulls is the single-mast Bermudian rig, either masthead or fractional rig.

4 mins read
Small Craft Advisor
September - October 2020

Our Next Guest Needs No Introduction

The School for Advanced Research cultivates casual conversation and in-depth discussion through a series of live artist talks on Instagram.

8 mins read
Native American Art Magazine
August - September 2020

Three Mopar Survivor Cars Back on the Road: Two Have Hemis the Other is a 6BBL!

Plymouth technician Ted Robinson owned these drag race, day two Plymouths. His daughter and family friend got them running again.

8 mins read
Hot Rod
August 2020

CLEAN SHEET

A ONE-OF-A-KIND CLASSIC FORD WITH CUMMINS POWER

5 mins read
Diesel World
August 2020

Surftech

Everyday surfers weigh in on Surftech’s newest models, and the Best of the Test was the “Untitled” by Haydenshapes

3 mins read
Surfer
Volume 61, Issue 2

Flying Backseat in a Texan

Recently, senior editor Gerry Yarrish had an experience of a lifetime when he was able to fly backseat with Nick Ziroli Jr. in his beautiful AT-6 Texan.

1 min read
Flight Journal
April 2020

Aging (gracefully) with dogs

Jim Brigleb, his wife Linda and their two babies — unconditional love in furry bodies.

3 mins read
The Good Life
March 2020