Eastbourne was our destination for our 2015 Bootscooter 4 day break. Never having been to that part of the country most of us didn't really know what to expect, but as always everyone boards the coach looking forward to a brilliant 4 days, and in all the years we've been running these trips, I don't think anyone has ever been dissapointed.
Unfortunately due to horrendous trafic hold ups we didn't arrive at the Imperial Hotel until just turned 6.00, so it had been a long 10 hours journey on the coach.
Bill and I were greeted, allbeit a bit late by John (JT to his friends) which we were by the end of 4 days, and what a character he turned out to be. Great driver, but a diabolical sense of humour with one corny joke after another, but everyone enjoyed his banter...thank goodness we were at the back as we couldn't always hear what he was saying, but occasional ripples of laughter were heard so I think many appreciated his humour.
On arrival at the hotel, think we were all very impressed by the size and the look of it, we were greeted by the manager, then our cases were taken to our rooms and then straight down for evening meal. The rooms were very spacious and very clean, warm and welcoming. The restaurant was large, but again the service was superb, and there were several choices each night. After our meal we had the option of coffee in one of the lounges or a quick 'chill out' in our rooms before the evenings entertainment in the ballroom. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the extremely friendly and helpful staff. Bingo was at 8.30, which many went and joined in and won. Then it was time for the entertainment.
On stage Friday night was 'Graham' who had a great voice, he told us it was his first night at the Imperial, but he went down great with a good variety of songs and soon got our crowd up dancing. I think by 11.30 many had retired to bed after such a long journey, just the hardened few managed midnight and beyond.
After breakfast on Saturday we headed off for our full day trip out --the trip was optional, but everyone decided to go along. We had sat at breakfast watching it snow and wondered what we were all in for, but as we boarded the coach the sun came out and brilliant blue sky (just what we had ordered) - JT took us on a lovely trip around the coast and then on to Beachy Head, what a stunning place with fabulous views around the coast. The sun was shinning on the beautiful white chalk cliffs which looked amazing. It was rather breezy on our walk to the view point, but blowed the cobwebs away from the night before and cleared a few heads. It was then off to Brighton for the rest of the day and a bit of retail therapy. Brighton has such alot to offer with it's magnificent pier which many took the oportunity to walk along and you could still see remanants of the old pier raising it's head out of the sea. It was fascinating to see so many people actually on the beach as the waves were crashing against the pebbled shore line. What a great day we had. Then back to the hotel and again 'me' time before our evening meal.
Again another lovely meal served by excellent staff and again another nights entertainment again from another male singer (not quite as good as the previous night) nevertheless he got the dances up and everyone once again thoroughly had a great night.
Sunday, leisure day, everyone went off to do their own thing, either shop, laze and some even took the bus to Hastings or other places. That was after our Line Dance workshop, which was quite well attended allbeit only for a couple of hours.
Eastbourne has a great shopping centre within easy walking distance of the hotel with many big named stores like M & S, Next, Primark, Sainsbury's and even a T J Hughes, so there was plenty for everyone to see and finish off their holiday shopping.
Some of us walked along the prom and even walked the famous Eastbourne Pier which is in the process of being repaired after it's horrendous fire, you could actually watch the men rebuilding it and see the old structure that was so badly damaged. Of course halfway along the pier is a lovely 'tea room' which again many popped into. Unfortunately late Sunday afternoon turned very blustery and very wintery, but again it didn't stop anyone enjoying themselves.
Our Sunday night entertainment was a female singer who quickly cottoned on to the line dancers in our group so therefore sung quite alot of country songs. Again everyone played bingo and as on every night, many of our group won, even winning the top prize of £110 on the Sunday night.
All in all we had a brilliant 4 days, and I really don't think it could be faulted. The hotel was superb, staff were always smiling and willing to assist, food was great and the service brilliant, and most of all we are a fabulous group of people, who all get on with one another.
Thanks to everyone for spending the 4 days with us and a huge thanks for my cards and it's contents.
Roll on 2016.
Photos to follow.