Saturday 7th March 2020
Back in the days where you could stand next to a human being that doesn’t live in your house, I was privileged enough to take a bunch of young people to Blackpool Pleasure Beach!
At 9am in the morning, which I found out is extremely early for young people on a Saturday, 18 bleary eyed young people, including a number of young people not involved directly with church, showed up to St Paul’s Dalton ready to go. After a little wait for our coach to arrive, we jumped on and after a surprisingly quiet coach journey we arrived in Blackpool. When we got there we received our tickets, sorted out groups and meeting points and made our way in.
We split up into groups and away we all went, some people immediately went for the big ‘white knuckle rides’ including the Big One, well known for being the tallest ride in the UK which sent our young people 213ft high! (That is taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa!)
After a few hours we all got together and had a very civilised lunch together, this was a good time for young people that hadn’t met to chat to one another, for others food was the priority with a number of the young people deciding that because they were at the seaside the only option was fish and chips!
Back on the rides after lunch, everyone enjoyed their day, a few young people loved going on rides they never thought they would, others decided that some of the bigger rides might not all be for them! We finally all got together with a hour left before the park shut and decided which our final rides would be. For me and some others ICON was the ride, a new multi-launch coaster, a ride taking you to over 50mph, spinning you upside down and throwing you out of your seat for some great fun.
This day was great, it was suppose to be a good starting point to a few other events that I was going to put on, however the world has changed since then and some of my plans have had to change. However this day is one that I really remember and cherish at this time, young people having fun together and I got to be part of it. I can’t wait until we can do it again! We will do it again!