30-Apr-2005 -- We did it, the last confluence point on mainland Britain!!! We were hoping for a bright sunny morning but in true British style it was raining when we woke up!!!
It was an early start from Leicester 06:00 to get to Morston for 9am so we could meet Gordon Spence and our skipper Mr Massingham. Having E-mailed Gordon on a number of occasions I was very much looking forward to meeting the man who has done so many confluence points. We all arrived on time including the Journalist and photographer from the Eastern Daily Herald.
Yes it was my 15 mins of fame!!!
Unfortunately they didn’t actually come to the point with us just took a few shots on the boat and called me afterwards to ask a few questions. There were 6 of us who travelled to the point including our skipper: Mr Massingham, Gordon Spence, my ever suffering girlfriend Dawn, our Aussie mates Kelly and Fred and Myself. The area is very flat and marshy and in order to get to our seafaring boat we had to take a little flat bottomed motor boat from a little jetty up the channel at high tide.
The area is also a bird watching sanctuary and I expect if the weather was better it would have been very picturesque. We left at about 09:45am and although the weather was grey it was a nice trip to the point. Mr Massingham who owns the boat and usually uses it for Lobster fishing was very friendly. It turns out he has a holiday home in Australia and was therefore having a very good chat with Kelly and Fred.
When we were close to the site, Mr Massingham slowed the boat engine and we gently drifted with the wind and tide onto the actual point. Unfortunately due to camera problems I didn’t get the all important shot first time around so we had to do a second pass! As you can see the North, East and West photos were pretty similar but I was very happy to bag 53N 001E and so change the dot on the confluence map to red!!!
We then headed back taking a closer look at the seals on the way. When we got back to dry land Mr Massingham invited us all back to his lovely house for coffee and to meet his also very lovely wife Lynn. They have arguably one of the nicest houses in Morston and run a (Bed & Breakfast).
Then after a celebratory pint in the local pub and some fish and chips on the sea front it was back home. All in all the day was a great success and enjoyed by everyone.