Belfast Giants Trip 26th Jan 2012

Hi all,

Make sure to check our some of our photos from the trip under the Gallery page.

Click HERE for game highlights

What a day we had, we all met at the den at 9.30.
We made sure everyone was there and sorted out our buddies for the day.
We put our bags on the bus and at 10am we headed for Belfast.
It was great to see an old friend of Wednesday Night Cubs, Joe Barnes who was our driver for the day so we knew we were in safe hands.

At 11.30 we pulled into the service station at Lusk for a loo break and to stretch our legs. After 20 minutes we hit the road again and spent the trip watching Simpsons episodes.

We reached the Ulster Folk Park at 1.30 and went to the Parochial Hall where we had our lunch. We split into groups and were assigned Scouts and Venturers to go round the park with us.

There were lots of old houses and shops that we were able to go into and look around to see what life was like years ago.
Some of the shops we saw included a Sweet Shop (very popular) an Iron Monger,  a Public House, the Chemist and Doctor’s Surgery.
We saw the Police Station and the Barracks, only Rory was tall enough to join the RIC (Royal Irish Constabulary).
We saw the old School Hall and we came to the conclusion that school these days is a lot better.
In the Coal Yard we saw a little show explaining the importance of coal to both  Ulster Linen and the Ship building industry.

The Sweet Shop was the highlight and the outdoor toilets caused quite a shock.
We collected our bags and headed for the bus for our trip to the Odessey Arena.

We arrived there at 5pm and went straight to Pizza Hut for our dinner.
We had garlic bread, and different types of pizzas and drinks. When we were finished we were able to get ice cream, we got so much that they had to reload the machine a couple of times.

At about 6.30 we headed into the Ice Hockey arena itself. We had great seats 3 rows from the front so were sure we would see some action.
At 7pm the game started, the Belfast Giants -v- the Edinburgh Capitals.
The game was really fast, there were some big tackles with guys getting squashed against the barriers and a couple of fights which seemed to go down very well with the whole crowd. Lots of music, lots of dancing and lots of cheering.
We even got a shout out over the PA system.
Although none of us got a sub or a packet of crisps that they threw into the crowd we had a fantastic time.
And to top it off the Giants won the game 5 – 0
We gathered together in the lobby to do what seemed like the hundredth head count of the day and were given a Belfast Giants pencil case as a souvenir of our trip. We walked back to the bus and were soon on our way back to Bray.

We were collected at 12.30, exhausted but with huge smiles on our faces.
And another great trip to Belfast was over.

A big thanks to, Gary, Cormac, Stevie, Adam, David, Caitlin, Aoife, Heather, Brian, Sarah and Lexi for helping us throughout the day.

A huge thanks to Joe our driver for getting us there and back on time and safely.

And thanks to all the Cubs who came with us. All very well behaved as usual and they did Wednesday Night Cubs proud.

Yours in Scouting
The Leaders

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