The seaside is always a winner
There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. We were a case in point on Saturday when we turned up in Newcastle for the Halloween festivities. Having made a last minute decision to go, on our way back from elsewhere, we found ourselves badly prepared for the torrential rain. We were also accidentally four hours early for the main parade and fireworks, which didn't help. Soaked to the skin, we made the decision to cut our losses and head home to Belfast before the fun started. It wasn't a complete waste of time, however. The two hours we spent sheltering in an amusement arcade saw my daughter win a haul of prizes including a pink bracelet, a bouncy ball, a Smurf, two sweets, a plastic spider and ... a cuddly toy. Bingo!