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I’ll Follow the Sun - inChoir’s adventures in Liverpool

If you wanted a city to visit for a weekend of wall to wall sunshine, you probably wouldn’t choose Liverpool in October, but wall to wall sunshine is what we got. An uneventful Friday journey on our beautiful new coach (courtesy of Worthing coaches) brought us to the Crowne Plaza hotel which is actually in the old Liverpool airport terminal building. This is actually a really lovely hotel with original art deco features and the balcony where thousands of screaming teenage girls welcomed The Beatles on their return to Liverpool from the US in 1964. We didn’t have quite so many to welcome us!

Friday evening, into Liverpool city centre to a Strawberry fields cocktail and dinner at The Hard Day’s Night Hotel, followed by dancing the night away to a sixties band. And our sixties outfits caused quite a stir in the bar before we left the bar of the Crowne Plaza.

After breakfast on Saturday morning we went back into town to meet our fabulous guide Kevin in Mathew Street. Just a few yards down the street is the Cavern; not quite the original, but built on 70% of the footprint of the original building and exactly the same (apart, apparently, from the smell and the sweat dripping down the walls!). Somehow Sally had organised for us to sing on stage at the Cavern, making us the only choir in the world to have recorded at Abbey Road AND sung at the Cavern*. 

A tour of Liverpool followed, including Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and Eleanor Rigby’s grave. Kevin the guide left us at the beautiful Albert Dock before we set off on the ferry ‘cross the Mersey** to New Brighton. And New Brighton in the sunshine was absolutely beautiful.

Our performance was in the Floral Pavilion with house choir, Choral Pavilion, plus the Port Sunlight Sea Dogs, and the Wirral Ukulele Band. It was a fantastic evening’s entertainment to a full house; so full, the theatre staff had to keep bringing more chairs as people kept pouring in. Mark brought his uke and asked if he could sit in with the Wirral Ukulele Band; after considering this request for a second they said “No”. The audience had never seen inChoir perform before, so Mark was able to use all his favourite old jokes: they even laughed at one of them.

Sunday morning saw us back at The Albert Dock to visit The Beatles Story before lunch on the top floor of the Maritime Museum with its fabulous views. On the coach journey home, Sally gave us a quiz on what we’d learnt about Liverpool, and amazingly, we all got full marks. Then we had plenty of time to think about the great weekend we’d had. A weekend of nostalgia and laughter; music and laughter; good food, great company, and laughter; new friends, old outfits and laughter. Oh, and lots and lots of laughter. Have a look at some of the photos from our trip on our web-site here.


**actually these days it’s a tunnel, but “So tunnel, go under the Mersey” doesn’t scan!