MY FIRST KANGAROO TOUR

TRAVEL
Recently, a mate asked how many times I had been to Britain and/or Europe, and when I replied ’20’, he said I should write a book.
I’m not in the mood for that, and for those who follow this website, they will be aware I regularly post stories from those travels.
But, with time on my hands, with this ‘Chinese flu’ keeping my wife, Marie and I housebound, I thought I would file a 20 part series on those travels, under sub-headings.
TRIP TWO.
OCTOBER 1982 – DECEMBER 1982.
PURPOSE OF TRIP
To cover Kangaroo rugby league tour.
COUNTRIES VISITED
England, Wales Scotland.
SCENIC HIGHLIGHT
Purbeck Hills, Dorset.
HISTORIC HIGHLIGHT
Salisbury Cathedral.
FIRST MEAL
Steak and kidney pie, Royal Oak, Winsford, Somerset.
MOST MEMORABLE MEAL
Fresh prawns at quayside pub, Kings Arms, at Weymouth, Dorset.
FIRST PUB/BAR
Bell and Crown, Salisbury
BEST PUB/BAR
Chequers Inn, Ledsham, West Yorkshire.
ONE SPORTING EVENT
Rugby League Test, Australia v Great Britain, Wigan. Australia won 27-6 playing magnificent football. One of the many highlights was a try by Mal Meninga, from a 30 metre pass from Wally Lewis.
EVENT OTHER THAN SPORT
Lord Mayor’s Parade, London.
‘DIFFERENT’ PLACE
Big Jim’s Nightclub, Widnes, Cheshire. Run by former Great Britain Rugby League Test prop, Welsh giant, Jim Mills.
MOST UNUSUAL EXPERIENCE
Meeting a town crier in a pub in Knightsbridge, London, while enjoying an ale with Sydney Sun league writer, Geoff Prenter, who invited the town crier over for a drink. I had had breakfast that morning with Australian Rugby League chief executive, Kevin Humphreys at the Royal Gardens Hotel, near Kensington Palace. Sitting across from us was transgender sports pioneer, tennis player, Renee Richards.
VERY FIRST THING OF NOTE ON TRIP.
Exploration of Old Basing Village in Hampshire as locals go to church.
1 Weymouth 1982
2 Central Park, Wigan
3 Steve Ricketts at Cheques Inn, Ledsham
4 Rag and bone man, Widnes, 1977. He didn’t drink at Big Jims.

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