Happy Hol­i­days

This England - - London Pride -

Sir: What happy mem­o­ries your Youth Hos­tel As­so­ci­a­tion ar­ti­cle evoked (Sum­mer 2016). I was sad to see Lud­low, the first hos­tel I stayed in, had closed.

I started vis­it­ing hos­tels in 1960 when I went on one of their themed hol­i­days. It was the Welsh Marches hol­i­day, which I did for three years run­ning. I also did Offa’s Dyke, Hadrian’s Wall and the Cleve­land Way, as well as sev­eral Ru­ral Crafts hol­i­days.

My hap­pi­est mem­ory is prob­a­bly Clun, a very prim­i­tive hos­tel with no wa­ter. One of the tasks was to col­lect wa­ter in a bin on wheels from the vil­lage, and if you filled it too full, you got soaked wheel­ing it back.

Do­ing chores was fun, and made us in­ter­act with other hostellers, but every­one hated do­ing the por­ridge saucepan. It of­ten got left for the evening peo­ple!

I had at least 12 hol­i­days with the YHA, and they are still looked upon with great af­fec­tion, and I am still in touch with sev­eral friends from those happy care­free days. — ROBERTA


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