Friday the 13th April was certainly not an unlucky day for the 34 members of the 1989 Bridge Club who travelled to Eastbourne for a weekend break.
The hotel chosen by Kris and Krystina was called The View and was situated right on the sea front with wonderful views of the sea from most of the rooms. It was the perfect location and Eastbourne proved to have many attractions which were all on our doorstep.The hotel was modern, light and airy. Most of us were lucky enough to get a bedroom with a sea view and a balcony. Bliss.
The room allocated to us for playing bridge was on the first floor with plenty of space for eight tables and again lots of light and views from all the windows.
After bridge on Friday afternoon we reconvened in the bar before going to the restaurant for a delicious three-course buffet-style dinner. I think all tastes were catered for at the buffet.
Before we were allowed to retire to bed, most of us participated in a fiendish Quiz, which was created by Kris. He had put a lot of work into this and I am sure all the participants would agree that it was great fun. There were seven teams and it was very closely fought.
We wakened on Saturday morning to see the sun streaming in our windows and the promise of a beautiful spring day. Some of us went for an early morning stroll along the promenade before tackling the cooked breakfast in the buffet.
More bridge followed during the morning and then a light lunch was served to us in our bridge room.
We then had a couple of hours of free time and so some of us hit the shops, some went for walks and others relaxed with a book. The hotel is ideally situated to be able to walk into the town centre for the shops or for the more energetic to walk up to Beachy Head.
The last session of bridge was split into two halves, before and after dinner, and once we finished the bridge everyone was then very ready to tumble into bed.
Sunday morning and again the sight of the sun over the water made you want to get out and enjoy the sea air.
We finished off the weekend with a session of teams' bridge which was fiercely fought and the winners were Liv and Rusty Lawyer, Rosemary Miller and Mary Irving.
Prize giving and a light lunch followed the bridge and we all applauded Kris & Krystina for choosing such a successful venue and agreed it would be good to return next year.
Many thanks to Jenny Clapham who did all the scoring over the weekend and to all the directors who kept us under control.
It would be good to see more members coming along next year, especially those who have never been on a bridge weekend before, and I can certainly recommend it.