December 2010

Hi guys

Well, that's it. All done and dusted. I am now in a position to write a little more about the past few weeks on Coronation Street as the episodes have been aired.

I could use a whole host of terminology to sum up my time there but here, so here goes: – It was a fantastic, humbling, surreal, extraordinary, tiring, fascinating period of time, which was an honour and privilege to be a part of. To be involves with this event in any capacity, no matter how small, was sensational, after all, this was the shows 50th anniversary, culminating in a live episode!

The cast and crew worked so hard, my sincere thanks to them, the production staff, producers, director and anyone else associated with this amazing piece of history, you made me feels so welcome and part of your family – something which I will never forget and always treasure.

Now it's all finished I can concentrate on other important things such as Christmas.

Whilst in Manchester I managed to find time to go shopping, so I spent a few hours wandering around the Arndale and Trafford centres trying to bag a bargain and plough through my very long list of presents.

On the whole I achieved all I wanted to, only a couple more things to buy and I will be all done.

Christmas is a real family affair for me. It's Christmas day with the family followed by a brisk walk after dinner, a bit of a snooze and then loads of board games in the evening along with a plentiful supply of food and drink.

Boxing day brings it's own inimitable fun as we head to the races (the horse type) where we have a lovely dinner and try to win a few quid. I normally leave having done my brains, whilst everyone else is weighed down with loot!

More fun and games in the evening (along with more food and drink) before crashing into bed after a hectic 48 hours – I wouldn't have it any other way!!

The nest few weeks will be pretty manic with all of the above taking place, plus school carol concerts, football matches, afternoon tea (with more carols), present wrapping, swimming training, discos, meals out, Christmas drinks etc. Thank goodness the decorations are up!

Anyway, to all the people who have wished me well over the past year and anyone who has touched my life in 2010. Thank you. Have a fantastic Christmas yourselves, enjoy it to the full and I will catch up with you all again in the New Year.

John xx