Warning ….. Stephen J. Brightman!

The Grand Hotel in Hartlepool had a visit from the professor yesterday when he entertained 7 young guests in the Jackson Room. I set off at 9 o’clock in the morning for the 5 hour trip and spent all day bringing a touch of magic to Swanston Street, ready for the evening start at 8 o’clock!

At 11 o’clock in the evening the party was over and everything had been packed away in my room. At half past midnight there was a knock at the door and the night porter, Stephen J. Brightman, a fully paid up member of the awkward squad, woke me up to announce that my dog was not allowed in the room, despite having been in the hotel all day and performing for our young guest wizards.

Overcome by his wit and charm, I was left with no alternative but to pack everything into my car and set off at half past one in the morning for a sleepless 5 hour trip through the night, arriving home at dawn. I have contacted the hotel manager, Craig, and have been offered an apology and a thoughtful cash offer for compensation  which I shall forward to our local animal shelter!

I think this young man deserves to be head boy of one of our houses …. I’ll let you guess which one!

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