On December 9th, members of Stone PROBUS Club set off by coach to an unknown destination. After many and sometimes amusing suggestions the coach finally arrived at Salford Quays on a very mild and fine December day. Members enjoyed visits to the Imperial War Museum, the Lowry Outlet Mall, the Lowry Gallery and, considered a highlight of the day, a tour of the BBC studios at MediaCityUK. On the BBC tour members were shown a variety of studios including Blue Peter, Match of the Day and a general-purpose studio of some 10,000 square feet that is used for the recording of many popular TV shows.
Members managed to glimpse a leg of the Mastermind chair but sadly not of a Strictly Come Dancing participant, although many dresses of past participants were on display later in the tour. At the finale of the tour members were invited to participate in a mock reading of the news and weather from the well-known “BBC Breakfast red sofa” and also take part in a version of “A Question of Sport.” They also managed a glimpse of the Blue Peter, the longest-running children’s programme in the world, was first broadcast – for 15 minutes – on 16 October 1958.