Outing to Festive Gift fair, NEC Birmingham 14.11.19

It was a horrible wet morning but as we were going to be indoors for the day it did not fill us with dismay.  The coach arrived early so that any early birds could sit in the dry. The journey to the NEC was horrendous with roads being flooded and closed, torrents of surface water and road works for miles. Our driver was amazing and got us there safely.  This year coaches were permitted to drop off and pick up right outside the Hall door which saved a long-wet walk. The atmosphere in the hall was contagious inspired by the huge range of present ideas, live music and Christmas entertainers. There were over 325 stalls flowing with thousands of unusual gift ideas, decorations, festive food and drink and lots of special show bargains!  There was a light-hearted feeling of happiness and was a great way to start Christmas with a Bang all under one roof. Cheese and Gin tasters were very popular and it would have been easy to come away tipsy.  The journey home was quite slow to begin with, traffic hold ups and then there had been an accident and we turned the coach round to follow an alternative route. Judging by the number of packages everyone was carrying they’d had a most enjoyable day.  Pam 

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