Travels inspired by the Wombles

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Return to Alderney

They've finished tidying up after that big event on their doorstep in London, so now the most famous inhabitants of Wimbledon feel like having a little break.  So, this weekend, they've told me to take them to Alderney - the Channel Island where Elisabeth Beresford lived (and which provided the name for one of the younger Wombles).  This weekend, courtesy of the Alderney Museum, they'll be helping me to read extracts from Journeys from Wimbledon Common.
The reading is taking place at the Orangery of the Georgian House Hotel in Victoria Street, St Anne, at 3.30pm on Saturday.  The people of Alderney really took Elisabeth Beresford and the Wombles to their hearts, so I'm hoping plenty of them will come to listen - and to meet the Wombles as well, of course.

My wife Helen wasn't able to join me for the original journey, but she's coming along this time for a well-deserved short break.  We couldn't visit the island without seeing the new special Wombles exhibition, of course, so we're looking forward to that.  I hope we'll have some time to see at least a few of the other sights, too.  If you're on Alderney this Saturday afternoon, pop into the Georgian and re-acquaint yourself with some famous fictional furry creatures.  See you there!

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