So, we’ve mentioned that we’re really looking forward to stopping at a Pontins camp on this trip. Specifically Southport, where we’ve both holidayed and my sister was a Bluecoat. Actually getting the chalet had been proving hard —you can’t book just one night anymore. So we had many a conversation with the press office and eventually sorted it.

But then we’ve fallen a day behind schedule, and trying to shift that booking is proving impossible. Two phone calls yesterday and three this am and they’re now not acknowledging we exist. Not sure what’s happening, but we press on down route 66 to Scotch Corner then a sharp right and on to Blackpool.

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

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