LAST WEEK we spent a couple of days with the Experience Wakefield team and Deliciously
Yorkshire promoting the delights of The Rhubarb Triangle (if you haven’t heard of
it you can read all about it in my best-selling walks book!) at the Group Travel
show at the National Exhibition Centre near Solihull, Birmingham.
Olton near Solihull was the home of Edith Holden who wrote The Country Diary of an
Edwardian Lady and we were delighted to discover a patch of countryside right behind
our hotel on the NEC campus, where we saw fox, rabbit and squirrel on our evening
walk across parkland with oaks, rough pasture and an attractively landscaped office
park, which with it’s fountains, spiky planting and rocky ornaments reminded me of
the campus of the Starfleet Academy in StarTrek!
As others see us
It was useful to meet potential visitors and people who’d already visited the Triangle
during the Rhubarb Festival and find out what they’d like to get out of a visit.
I could give up my day job and just work as a walks guide, to judge by the interest.
Tour organisers are on the look-out for something different and the combination of
fresh local food and quirky history evidently has great appeal.
When I wasn’t drawing caricatures of tour organisers or lightning sketches of rhubarb
crumble, Barbara and I got a chance to wander round the other stalls which included
several places we’ve got on our list to visit before too long.
Rhubarb in Las Vegas?
There were also theatre breaks on offer including One Night in Vegas starring Martyn
Lucas who during the day caused quite a stir, along with his sequined showgirls,
by performing some of the songs from the show. Despite his success in conjuring up
a Rat Pack ambience I’m glad to say that in character Martyn is not like the real
Sinatra who, according to Andy Williams in this week’s Radio Times, was once so annoyed
at a diner who had accidentally spilt a glass of wine near his table that he gave
the word and the poor chap had his nose broken.
Martyn tells me that working in the music industry is something like being part of
a family. You’ve got to get on with people. I think I’ve heard the Mob described
as a family concern too!
Having appeared at the London Palladium he’s now got a booking to play in Las Vegas
itself. He kindly gave rhubarb a plug after one of his sets, saying he hoped they’d
be serving rhubarb as dessert at his show.
I wonder how rhubarb would go down in Vegas?
Didn’’t Barry Manilow write a song about the Rhubarb Triangle?
Doodling in odd moments, this is the best I could do in trying to come up with a
logo for the Triangle.