Its been a while since my husband and I have been to Manchester. It is a really vibrant city and has so much to offer in the centre including shops, restaurants, architecture, food festivals......and of course football! Bad weekend for both teams as they lost - my husband, who was born in Manchester, supports City so not best pleased!
So why were we here? We attended the Conservative Conference which started Sunday and finished Wednesday. We have always considered attending but work commitments have never allowed the time. We didn't really know what to expect and were pleasantly surprised just how enjoyable the experience has been.
Of course the thrust of the event was about politics but there were other speakers who provided different perspectives about life and some were truly inspirational. One of these was Lindsay Johns, a bright articulate man who gave a lot of time to youngsters in Peckham in helping them to achieve their dreams. He spoke at length and had the audience mesmerised. The link below gives a flavour but such a pity the whole speech cannot be heard. At the end of his talk he was given a standing ovation and there were many teary eyes.
The evenings were also full of activity - on one of the nights we were invited by one of the delegates to the "Friends of Bangladesh" to attend a gathering at a restaurant. We had a wonderful time, the food and company were exceptional. Many there had started their own businesses and were really motivated to succeed. This included their support for their own children and their education.
One of the things which impressed me at the conference was the number of women of all ages and from different walks of life who had achieved in their own right. More of this tomorrow! .......including the barriers to women which society unfortunately present.