Well, it is that time again, when the sand in the hourglass sees the last few grain fall to close another Flat turf season.
Myself, Gareth, Danny (and, hopefully, Tony) will be going to Great Yarmouth's final race meeting of 2019. I purchased the annual membership and just about got my monies worth although I won't be purchasing again next year as travelling to America means I'm missing too many days to make it pay. However, it is always good to support the local racecourses and Yarmouth will always be one of my favourites.
So, we have the 22nd of October in our sights. Dan has booked a room at the Cavendish House Hotel and we have the family room at Nelson Hotel. It costs just £68 for three and breakfast included. You can't get a better deal and I really like the place. It's not exactly the Ritz but it is about two-hundred metres from the Grosvenor Casino. In fact, you can see it from the hotel room.
Not sure if that is a plus or a minus!
We are going the evening before the races so the casino will come first. It works well as it seems like two days of fun and it isn't such a tiring day with an early start traveling by train from March (the Fens) to Yarmouth, getting a taxi to the course and then having an hour or so at the hotel before visiting the casino for what could be a long night. Far too much for one long day, so this approach should mean more fun and more energy. Hopefully more winnings.
To be fair, the casino is just a bit of fun. I don't bet no more than £50 and taking these free match bet and drink vouchers it is a very cheap evening. The food costs next to nothing and you sit in a resplendent room befitting of royalty. Shadingfield Lodge is a listed building originally built by J Cudden ESQ from a design by Morant. It has been noted as a place Edward VIII visited on seven occasions. It was purchased by Lacon Brewery in 1953.
Here's looking forward to a great evening at the casino and day's racing.