Not long returned home from a pleasant stay at a busy Sutton-on-Sea. Decent refurbishment; at last the C&MC have addressed the problem with its cisterns, and installed some toilets that don’t require a number of furious courtesy flushes.
My stay reminded me of the Truman Show. Every time I looked up there were the same 3 kids going round and round on bikes. 5…4…3….2…1…and there they appear again; on an almost continual loop of the site. I don’t think they were paid actors.
Back to the toilet block. The site operated a very logical system of social distancing by issuing yellow wristbands. Outside the block you placed your band over a hook as you entered. Maximum 4 people allowed, so if the hooks were full, you waited outside. Great, except the very first time I used the block, I came outside and someone had nicked my yellow band! Obviously society has completely broken down, so I did what anyone else would do and just took a band off a neighbouring hook. Pity the poor bloke after me who will have had his band nicked and, like me, would have cursed the complete breakdown of society.
Next day I used the toilet block and dutifully put my band on a hook. When I came out all hooks were occupied. Now then, which hook did I use? In all the excitement of the decent flush system I’d completely forgotten if it was hook 2 or hook 4. So went for hook 3. Either way, there was a 75% chance some bloke will emerge from the toilet block yet again cursing the complete breakdown of society.
Next morning I tried to use the toilet block and it was like day 5 at Glastonbury. Note to C&MC; please don’t clean the blocks at 10am. How can I put this politely, try to pick a time which is not going to be during peak demand, especially when only 4 people are allowed to enter at a time. There was the same disappointing trudge back to the caravan every morning. It was all quite stressful if I'm honest, but hats off to my Thetford C250 cassette. It can take anything, and I mean anything. Waves at Alan Partridge.
Of course my son found the whole system hilarious. Reckoned he was at more danger from being hit by one of those 3 kids on their bikes, than being struck down by mystery viruses. Fair point.