Chamber Chat – David Park
We’re All Going On Our Summer Holidays
It’s the time of year where many of us have been, are on or are thinking about our holidays.
One of the main advantages of a holiday is getting away from the day to day activities in places to relax.
On the other hand, we live and work in a part of the world that many other people come to for their holidays to relax and enjoy what we have around here. My recent resolution is to try and bring some of the holiday feeling to everyday life.
A few years ago I decided with my family that we would have a “tourist” day in Lancaster, so we went to the priory for a look around, visited the Roman baths and went to the Maritime and Lancaster museums. I have worked in the centre of Lancaster for over 20 years but it made me realise how I had missed so many things of interest, and we had a really good day.
There is a tendency for us all to put off doing things on our doorstep as we can feel that we can always do them, but this means we can miss out on so much on our doorstep.
An example of this for me is the three peaks of Ingleborough, Pen Y Ghent and Whernside. I was brought up in Ingleton and I have climbed Ingleborough many times. However, I hadn’t walked up Pen Y Ghent until 2013 and still haven’t climbed Whernside!
If I stop for a moment and consider what is available locally, there is so much to see and do:
• The history of the castle precinct and quay in Lancaster;
• The views and front at Morecambe;
• The gems of Heysham Village and Sunderland Point;
• The outstanding countryside of the Lune Valley;
• The Silverdale area and the Trough of Bowland;
• All of the Lakes and Dales within easy reach.
(There are many places / activities I could have mentioned in more detail if space permitted).
It’s good to get out and about in our locality. It’s enjoyable and helps us spend time with our friends and family, and of course it can also support our local businesses.
: On a different note, I would like to pay tribute to a longstanding colleague of mine, Shaun Murray. A friendly and cheerful presence in the office, taken far too soon at 55.