Sunday – Cricket match for charity where I met and England cricket legend and member of a cricket family dynasty. The manager of one of the local football league clubs. Several of the players and staff from the same club. There were also a couple of stars of a soap opera.
Then my week of work included a trip to the set of a soap opera on Wednesday where we were mobbed by school kids and a few odder older people for autographs. This was only an aside to the main event, which was a VIP trip to Old Trafford to be wined and dined before watching the mighty Yorkshire getting a public and humiliating lesson in T20 cricket. Here we had a great evening in the company of two yes two ex Leeds United managers (that three managers of football clubs this week), a former Secretary of State for Heath and the members of an indie band, not to mention a few other actors from northern based soaps continuing dramas.
Thursday – after a day at work, I again was to be seen on the set of soap opera and when leaving we were again mobbed by school kids and a few odder older people for autographs.
Friday – We went out to a Manchester city centre pub for a leaving do and were greeted as we approached buy a gaggle for five or six members of the local paparazzi whose camera flashes meant I could see little white spots in my eyes for the next hour. The leaving do was a really nice event saying goodbye to and whishing well in their next venture to someone who you have spent a deal of time with. On leaving at last orders the paparazzi were there to make sure if we stumbled the tabloid press would know that I was just a little tipsy and they would share this with my mother, my boss and everyone else I know.
Saturday – We went to the last pre-season friendly for the football club that we support this was quite a pleasant day few beers and some football meeting mates we’ve not seen for a couple of months. We did notice a few people taking sneaky photos and one or two people chatted with us and asked for a photo. You can see the sneaky ones on twitter and facebook with the line “Look who I saw today…” If they had asked the could change the tag to “Look who I met and had a chat with yesterday…” The new landlord in the pub we go to before and after the match came up and asked if his staff were winding him up about who was drinking in his pub.
Strange life I have working for an arms length government body, only it’s not me they are interested in it’s my 14 year old son who is in the worlds longest running continuing drama, Coronation Street.
Oh and to top it all he’s been nominated for an award so go vote for Colson Smith as best young actor here http://www.demographix.com/surveys/2KVG-RM5T/6JWML8Y8/?inside This is very important as his hard working sister often misses out on this part of his life, but if he get through to the short list we have promised her a posh new dress to walk on the red carpet in!