Spouses’ Magical Mystery Tour
EIGHTEEN COPS spouses and partners hit Liverpool for the Spouses’ Weekend and it was a great success, writes Helen Walker.
On 7 October we all gathered and welcomed two new members Karen Parker and Sue Craggs. We caught up on the news and gossip, and congratulated Wendy on her marriage to Billy Harris. On the Saturday we all went on the Magical Mystery Tour where we sang along to Beatles’ songs such as Yellow Submarine and Yesterday.
Our voices were in fine fettle as we learnt about how John, Paul, George and Ringo all got together.
The tour ended up at the famous Cavern Club where there was a group playing Beatles songs, as it would have been John Lennon’s birthday on 9 October.
Later that evening we went to the Panoramic Restaurant – one of the tallest buildings in Liverpool – where we had a great view of the City and the Mersey.
The meal was lovely and I can honestly say I had the best fish and chips I have ever had, washed down with a couple of cocktails. Again a lot of fun and laughter was had by all. We celebrated Chris Grew’s birthday with a cake and rendition of happy birthday – again our voices were in fine fettle.
We all had a great time and – although none of us would have wanted to be there as it means we have all lost our husband or partner. It is great; because of COPS we get the opportunity to be there for each other. We can offer advice and support on all kinds of issues we can’t ask other people who have not been where we are now.
So thank you COPS for being there to allow these weekends to happen.
Survivor Joyce Hodgson said the weekend made her year because she doesn’t often find the time to spend on herself. Joyce lost her husband PC Valroy O’Neil Hodgson in 2004.
She said: “I don’t go on holiday – I don’t have time! So it was a fantastic idea for spouses to get together to share our thoughts and feelings. We laughed and cried together and because we understood what each other had gone through, it was easier to let the emotions out.
“We all get on so well and it is something to look forward to and to help us all get a break from our busy lives. We had loads of laughs – it was so much fun.”