On Thursday the 21st, November, 2013. we travelled by Trans Pennine Express train from Preston to Manchester's Oxford Road Railway Station, as part of the grey society and with our rail cards the return fare was a miserly £10.50p the journey time was just under an hour.
On our previous visits to The Palace Theatre we normally aim to arrive
by noon so we can have a leisurely lunch at one of the many cafes within walking distance of the theatre. On the 21st, we went to the Cornerhouse cafe which is directly opposite the theatre and even with heavy traffic at peak times it is only a five minute walk. We both had Croche Monseur/madam(2) and a pot of tea for £7.50p and a nice freshly baked cake for £3.50p.
We made our way to the Theatre for the afternoon performance of "A Christmas Carol" by Northern Ballet, we had tickets in the circle for the miserly sum of £13.50p. I have previously seen this Ballet on Television but to see it being performed live, adds another dimension to the performance, all the dancers were superb especially the Principals. We are lucky because one my nieces use to dance with the Royal Ballet and since retiring has formed her own schools in London, so periodically we visit London and get tickets for the Royal Ballet.
We were seated in the circle on the lefthand side in row D there is a notice for the gentlemen's WC next to this is a set of stairs leading to the exit on Oxford Road if you want to vacate the theatre quickly this is a little used exit and from finishing the performance to exiting the theatre took me 5 minutes. The Trans Pennine Express & Northern Rail operate
a service between Manchester & Preston unfortunately they only have 4 coaches in the consist and somtimes only two/three the trains are completely packed in the rush hour and you normally have to stand until the majority of the passengers get off at Bolton or Chorley, so if you can stagger your journey or even start your journey at either Victoria or Manchester Piccaddilly you will have the luxury of a seat which you have paid for.
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