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Sean Tunnicliffe, Communications Officer

LOPF held a team building day on 6th April but rather than the traditional flip chart, SWOT and building rubbish looking animals out of Plasticine we decided to go to the seaside for the day.

We all wrapped up for the day after the weather forecast told us to expect cold blustery winds and regular rain showers mixed with the occasional sleet.  We arrived in Scarborough to be greeted with blue skies, warm sunshine and no wind at all (albeit 30 minutes late due to delays)!

Coin Push MachinesFirst port of call was the fish & chip shop for the traditional seaside fare which we ate on the beach. We then had a quick round of ‘selfies’ before heading to the amusement arcade to try our luck on the 2p coin push machines. We experienced mixed fortunes in the arcade; Emily won a frog, Hanna won a powerball and Rachel won a Meerkat and I failed miserably to win a Labrador in a bucket (though to be honest, I’ve had worse experiences). The people who won celebrated with large ice creams, as did some of the people who lost.

The next stop on our quest to enjoy the full seaside experience in four hours was the funfair. First up was the dodgems where Hillary’s plan to enjoy  a nice Sunday driver type tootle around the edges of the track were foiled by some members of the Forum team ramming her more time than were strictly necessary.

Lisa and Rachel then ventured onto the Twister and with less than perfect timing as the ride started the heavens and the wind opened up! As a result they spent the entire ride with the strong winds blowing rain and hail into their faces. Luckily for the rest of us the weather calmed and the sun came back out as soon as they got off the ride.

For the final part of the day we climb the long, steep staircase up to Scarborough Castle. We were told we had arrived just in time for a guided tour but when we went to find it the tour guides told us it had been cancelled due to lack of interest. Undaunted we spent time wandering around the Castle grounds admiring the views and taking in some of the history.

We then made our way back to the station to catch the train home. Now you’re probably thinking that this would be the end of the excitement, but you’d be wrong as it turned out that Hanna had a quiz for us for the journey back home.

We split into two teams; Sean’s Gang and the Taxidermists (it’s a long story) and the kind of competitiveness not seen since we left the dodgems track promptly returned. The quiz finished with honours even at 13 points apiece so everybody was happy for  the rest of the journey home as we decided we were all winners (apart from Hanna who had been the quiz master).

All in all a grand day out, though sadly we didn’t bring any rock back and didn’t get to build a sandcastle but that just gives us a reason to go back.