Storytellers – Europe experiences – The Broadhead family

We welcomed Storyteller Mark Broadhead to the first meeting for 2016.

Mark, a regular Saturday swimmer, ex Club Treasurer, bagpiper for the annual Jack Cox Race, and an all-round top bloke, presented some anecdotes of his family (wife Leanne, and daughters Georgia 12, Eva 10 and Ruby 8) trip to Europe for a holiday last December.

The BBC members are a generally well-travelled lot and familiar with long flights with youngsters so a presentation on a family trip to Europe might not have seemed of great interest, however, Mark managed to put a great spin on their adventures. We were treated to a few well-chosen photos of their travels in London, Paris, Vienna and Scotland.


Christmas Day Lunch in Vienna

Sightseeing included spotting about 5 Amy Winehouse lookalikes in North London. The mandatory English pub visit, warm beer accompanied by sausages and mash at Ye Old Six Bells, only 600 years old!

We heard about near muggings in Paris, to almost perfect weather in the middle of the Scottish winter and family reunions with cousins they had not seen in 30+ years and golf at St Andrews.  Mark clearly felt selfish in leaving the family for a day at St Andrews but he needn’t have

Leanne, Georgia, Eva and Ruby ready at to depart

Leanne, Georgia, Eva and Ruby ready at to depart

concerned himself as the family made their own way there later in the day and walked the last few holes with him.

Mark spoke of the tear that came to Leanne’s eye when she realised she was back in Scotland to see all her relatives and friends from her University days there. The children loved the Harry Potter studio tour (Georgia having read the books as soon as they were released). Another highlight was the visit to Villers-Bretonneux, one which the children seemed to understand the enormity and emotion of the place. Mark had captured many of his children’s favourite aspects of the trip and shared them with us.

Mark concluded his presentation with their experiences with hiring cars and ‘airbnb’. He couldn’t have recommended ‘airbnb’ more and there were lots of questions in the Q&A session that followed. It seemed many in the room had used ‘airbnb’ with generally positive outcomes.

After a short break we moved the chairs into a circle and enjoyed another session of telling our various brushes with both the famous and infamous celebrities.

Cliff Richard, Marlene  Dietrich, Barbra Streisand, John Fairfax, Henry Ford II, Richard Attenborough, The Beatles, Bob Hawke, Blanche d’Alpuget, breast cancer commercial, John Mangos, Rolf Harris, Prince Charles, Tony Abbott, Bob Ellis, Princess Margaret of Denmark, Kamahl, Princess Margaret, Hugh Jackman, Vincent Price

Each of these personal brushes was accompanied with a great story and was lots of fun.  Such opportunities as these always allow Alan Gill to come into his own, this time sparring with Richard Attenborough about the quality of his autograph. Certainly no mass produced signed photograph for Alan!