On Monday The RNLI Station at Hoylake had its annual fundraising fun day which over the years has grown and grown...The Red Arrows are usually the stars of this free day out.
I popped over to Liverpool to pick up me Aunty and then back to Hoylake to collect me dad from his care home who I had promised to take along. I parked in the care home car park and we all walked down to the prom and watched the show.
I knew getting out would be hell as the traffic was queuing from Hoylake through the tunnel into Liverpool (a good 10 miles). So after the Red Arrows we walked back to the care home had a chat for an hour and we set off back to Bootle. Traffic was still bad but there were coppers every were directing traffic so I thought It might take half an hour to get out but hey ho It's been a nice day.
This is were the fun stopped!!!!!
I came out of the car park and because of the nature of the traffic ended up in a narrow side road with about 50 other cars. So we waited.....And Waited....And Waited...... After 20 minutes my aunty who is 83 said tell you what it will be quicker to get the train (a two hour journey) and eventually I agreed. After 40 minutes not moving people were starting to get out of their cars and try to see what the problem was.
I could see the main road....Traffic was slow but moving. It turned out that 2 WPCs were stopping anyone from exiting our road. For two hours I sat there. Loads of people went up to have a word and all they got was "Orders Sir". The people in the car infront had set off to feed the baby. They ended up getting out the car and going to Sainsburys and coming back to eat their dinner in the car. Eventually a senior Police officer was collared by one motorist and we were eventually let out Two and a half hours after we started queueing.
I thought maybe all the side roads are busy....but as I drove out of Hoylake, I realised that it was just our road that was blocked off. The rest of town was deserted, there was the usual monday PM traffic on the main road from West Kirby.
Chris being 18 months was starving and tired. I had no food left for him and I could not abandon him or the car in the middle of the street to get him food. My wife is 10 days from her due date. It was a good job she didn't go in to labour.
I don't blame the WPCs...But some one higher up effectively trapped/imprisoned 50 families for that time.....Why oh Why I don't know. Some one must have cocked up here surely. All it would have taken is a one by one filter to clear that road.
I'm relaxed now but when I got home the letter of complaint was being penned in me head...It won't make it to paper though.