Ok it was a 9.00am start and we were offered some locking support by Doug and James last night.
It was raining which wasn't a good start, but when we turned to go up the locks the lads already had the gates open and waiting.
Everybody worries about the Rochdale Nine and we were ready for the worst. The first four locks were amazing with clubs, bars and restaurants overlooking the canal.
We wasn't bothered by any of them, in fact one guy helped push the gates, but we did meet a couple going down the flight and they were really nervous not knowing what to expect further down. When we told them it was a lot better, they felt a little happier..
Why this lock isn't policed we don't know, there was a little sign on the wall.
We met up again with Doug and James and jumped in the car with Marky and Sian and went to Blackpool.
The night before we had got our pleasure beach tickets and also booked the show Funny Girls.
We arrived at 2.00pm and parked up and got our wristbands.
The show was fabulous and funny and excellent value for money.