North Wales is especially in favour on the list of railway advanced bookings. The north-east coast is being favoured, too, for Scarborough rates second in popularity. Margate is easily the best local patronised south-east coast resort this year.
For the bulk of the holidaymakers, who will be the shoe-men and their families, it will be the first ever opportunity of a two weeks “break.” Not many, however, have been able to extend their seaside visit over the second week.
The Blackpool “special,” no doubt, will have its share of the regulars when it steams out of Higham Ferrers station at 10.45, to-night, and 11 coaches have been laid on. The 5.30 a.m. train to London on Saturday will probably have 10 or 11 coaches to convey hundreds on the first stage of their journey to the seaside. On Monday there will be day and half-day excursions to London and to Southend. Rushden station reports a busy time handling luggage which has been sent in advance.
A Rushden booking agent reported that quite 75 per cent of the local coach bookings are for Yarmouth. Eight coaches will be filled on Saturday morning by Rushden people who are returning the following week.
Irthlingborough station which operates a through service to Yarmouth and Lowestoft reports “fair” bookings to these two resorts. There will be trains at 6.5 a.m. and 7.16 a.m. on Saturday.
The United Counties Omnibus Co. Ltd., will be running excursions every day, and the most popular, judging from many advanced bookings, is to the Wye Valley.
Messrs. Birch Bros. will run relief buses on Saturday and during most of the holiday week. They have also arranged East Coast trips.
An advance party of the Boy’s Brigade from Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Kettering and Wellingborough left for a 10-days holiday at Herne Bay on Thursday. The remainder of the 130 leave by train today (Friday).
Scouts from the 2nd Rushden Troop will travel by road to Ampthill Park on Saturday for a week’s holiday under the charge of Mr. W. E. Knott.
Scouts In Camp
About 20 Scouts from the 8th Rushden Troop will visit Sunbury-on-Thames with Mr. H. Munday, and the 1st Higham Ferrers Scouts will spend their holiday camping at Rockingham Park, Mr. D. Wildman will be in charge.
None of the Girl Guides and Girls’ Life Brigade units in the district has planned a camping holiday.
Local attractions include Sharnbrook fete and Milton Ernest gymkhana on Monday.
During the second holiday week a Minor Counties cricket match between Northants and Warwickshire second elevens at Rushden Town ground will provide entertainment for sporting enthusiasts.