Brass cornets and ice creams

Published: Tuesday 2nd Aug 2011

Monday evening saw friend and I strolling along the waterfront at Appledore. First stop was the Hockins ice cream van where we treated ourselves to a scoop of their award winning locally made ice cream resisting though the addition of clotted cream topping! Armed with our mouth watering purchases our leisurely amble continued.

The balmy evening had also attracted several others who, like us, were being entertained by the many youngsters lining the sea walls with packets of bacon and crabbing buckets excitedly anticipating the big 'un! The adults too were entertaining when it came to eventually landing the valued catch some were not as brave as they first appeared! The local brass band had also attracted quite a crowd and the dulcet tones of tuba and trombone followed us as we wandered along the quay and on through the narrow streets lined with character cottages.

Many plaques still display the trades, hobbies or even names of previous inhabitants and one describing the cottage itself, simply being called The Dolls House. Back onto the quay, passing The Beaver Inn, which was packed with locals and visitors enjoying the in-house live music. The aroma of fish and chips tantalized our taste buds as we made our way back to our car, a very enjoyable and relaxed evening.