Town Mouse

A fairy­tale

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HALF-TERM took the fam­ily to North Wales and I used the op­por­tu­nity of the long jour­ney there to in­tro­duce the chil­dren to Ch­ester. I tried to make the visit a chal­lenge, de­vis­ing a list of 13 ob­jects and sights that we had to see. As an in­cen­tive to en­thu­si­asm, there was, of course, prom­ise of a small re­ward at the end. The weather obliged us with soft sun­shine, which showed off the walls and the race­course in all their au­tum­nal splendour.

The hounds on the Duke of West­min­ster’s tomb rec­on­ciled the chil­dren to the cathe­dral and when the cas­tle was deemed bor­ing, an im­prob­a­ble num­ber of la­dy­birds on the sur­round­ing trees res­cued the sit­u­a­tion. The Ro­man am­phithe­atre and—to my amaze­ment—the court­room in the town hall caught their imag­i­na­tion suf­fi­ciently to create long de­lays in our progress. It was, there­fore, as dusk drew in that we fi­nally made our way into the two-storey shop­ping streets known as the Rows that are per­haps the most fa­mous fea­ture of the city. I mar­velled afresh at East­gate, with its mag­nif­i­cent iron­work clock, and so ap­par­ently did the chil­dren. It was like a fairy­tale, they agreed. In fact, they had just spot­ted a Dis­ney shop. JG

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