Gainsborough: Probus Club members taken on a virtual tour of the USA

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge

On Monday 4th August Gainsborough Probus Club met as usual at Morton Village Hall.

One of the club members, Laurie Merrie, was the speaker, telling them about a holiday he and his wife took to North East Canada and America.

They spent about a month there, and took several photographs, which Brian Timbrell had converted into the slides which accompanied the account.

In his own inimitable way, Laurie took the members around the sights, scenery and stories of the journey taken in 1995, starting in Toronto.

The CT Tower, then the tallest building in the world, provided a central image, as well as a vantage point for photographs.

The Niagara Falls had to be part of that visit.

After Toronto they were able to travel to Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec, with some magnificent sights described for them.

Then they flew to America, firstly spending 10 days in Boston.

The Boston Tea Party and the Mayflower were a necessary part of the itinerary, with a visit to Salem, famous for the witch hunt, and they also had a chance to see the, rather disappointing, whales.

Finally Laurie visited New York.

Must see places were the still intact Twin Towers and the Empire State Building, in addition he was able to fulfil a particular ambition to see, and walk on, the Brooklyn Bridge.

At the previous Probus Club meeting the speaker was Ian Morgan.

The title was ‘Pestilence, Intrigue and Murder’ and was about the plague, focussing on Eyam, the so-called plague village, and they were taken back to when the last outbreak occurred in 1665.