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Anyone who has been following me on Facebook over the last couple of weeks will know it’s been all about my recent “60th Birthday Road Trip” up north, primarily to take a journey on the famous Settle To Carlisle railway line, travelling across the Yorkshire Dales and the Pennines, through the Eden Valley to the edge of the Lake District – with of course a handful of football club visits either side ! I really enjoyed the three hours there and back, admiring so much of this country’s wonderfully unspoilt scenery through the window, sat there relaxing on a comfy train seat .
However, with a “hop off, hop on” ticket in my pocket I couldn’t resist giving my walking boots a good workout in the process, so elected to alight at Kirkby Stephen, take a healthy stroll down into the village, maybe grab a bacon roll in a nice country cafe and then leisurely wander back up the hill taking an alternative ‘cross field’ route before connecting with the next train on my trip. But it didn’t work out that way ! For starters, there was no sign of the village ahead hiking down the main road for most of the way, then when the first buildings appeared insight there was no hin of anywhere to get food and I had been walking 35 minutes. A small branch of Spar was the first place I came across, so mindful of the time, I grabbed a prawn mayo sandwich and a bottle of Coke and turned straight round, heading back up towards the station on an albeit slightly shorter, but seemingly much steeper footpath, now feeling hot and sweaty in the summer sun, a little stressed that I might miss my train, carrying my lunch in a bag with no time to eat it – and my feet were killing me too !!
Don’t get me wrong it was a fantastic three days away, doing and seeing everything I’d hoped to and then some, but my poor decision to get off at Kirkby Stephen was the definite low point ! I managed to limp round Carlisle rather gingerly but enjoyed my time there before making the return leg to Settle, and even made a second stop on the way back at Appleby, a nice little market town (close to the station!!) although I didn’t stop there long due to it being the first day of their famous Horse Fair and suffice to say I wouldn’t have had the Appleby experience I was hoping for ….
That in itself could be a story for another blog, but I am mainly on here to remind you that I’ll be back live on Gateway this Monday from 7-9pm with two hours of top tunes and that if you missed last week’s show you can catch it via the “Listen Again” page on this website where you can hear these songs and artists :
The Tunes – Monday 20th June 2022
Earth Wind & Fire – I’ve Had Enough
Darlene Davis – I Found Love
Jagged Edge – Walked Outta Heaven
Don Covay – It’s Better To Have
First Choice – Love & Happiness
Lori Williams – Too Late (It’s My Time)
Commodores – Oh No
Sophia Bromberg – Lately
Barry White – If You Know, Won’t You Tell Me
Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’
Soul II Soul – Back To Life (Club Mix)
Gap Band – Sweeter Than Candy
Spyro Gyra – Shaker Song
Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
Joey Negro/Sunburst Band-Where The Lights Meet The Music
Gene Chandler – Get Down
Diana Ross – Work That Body
Julian Jonah feat Tamika – Now’s The Time For Us
Stevie Wonder – Ribbon In The Sky
Gladys Knight – Help Me Make It Through The Night
Diane Marsh feat Mather – Don’t Rush It
Janet Jackson – When I Think Of You
Captain Sky – Under Tha N-fluence
Ed Bentley – Bentley Boogie
Feel free to get in touch with your soulful request or just for a mention on the show – post on “The Old Gits Soul Show” page on Facebook or message me personally via e-mail: [email protected]
The Old Gits Soul Show is on Gateway 97.8FM in Basildon & East Thurrock and also around the world via www.gateway978.com , as well as on your smart speaker or your phone, from 7pm–9pm every Monday, repeated on Saturday evening from 5pm–7pm … plus you can hear it again anytime you like via the “Listen Again” button on the Gateway website – search “Cool Soul” !
**Also available on DAB Radio until 30th June 2022 too **