On Wednesday 25th August friends of Hand In Hand Activities CIC came together and boarded to Teesside Princess for an Afternoon Tea cruise along the River Tees.

Alison greeted the group members to signpost to the boarding point and seating area (and also double check that everyone was present and correct) while the passengers got comfortable on the lower deck seating area. Once everyone had arrived safely, a small game of musical chairs was required to get everyone seated with someone they knew. Then it was time for departure at 2pm prompt.

The cruise took passengers along the River Tees starting at Stockton on Tees, along to Yarm and back via a quick jaunt to the Tees Barrage. While on board, the Captain shared fun facts about the local area including historic factories, flood-prevention installations and the cost of private education in Teesside.

All service took place at the table, due to COVID restrictions remaining in place, but that was fine as we hadn’t quite developed our sea-legs. Once the anchors were up, Alison handed out three quiz sheets and pens to the eight teams of two as they were sat at the tables and advised there was a prize for the top scoring team. The quiz sheets included a picture quick, a play on words and an A-Z quiz – not particularly easy by anyone’s standard. 

At 2:30pm we were served our Afternoon Tea, which was made up of 4 different sandwiches, jam and cream scones and 3 different flavour cakes (I think coffee, chocolate and lemon but don’t quote me on that as I was stuffed after the scone!).

When the Teesside Princess started the return leg of the journey it was time to collect in the answer sheets and add up the scores:

Table 9 C&J – 31

Table 9 A&S – 33

Table 10 D&N – 22.5

Table 10 C&J – 29

Table 11 L&J – 41

Table 11 R&A – 44

Table 12 K&M – 36

The winning team was Robert and Anita who got to fight over a bottle of Pernot and a bottle of wine. Both bottles were re-donated for future events.

At the end of the sail, everyone who attended had a polaroid picture taken with the Captain and the Compere so that they had a little something to take home and remember the day.

All being well, we look forward to setting sail on board the Teesside Princess again soon.

Thank you to the Team at the Teesside Princess for being absolutely amazing and catering for everyone, thank you to everyone who came along for the afternoon sailing and thank you to Liz for providing the stack of quiz papers.

A ride on the Teesside Princess is a pleasant way to spend time sailing on the river with tasty food and good conversation with friends.

Janet Little

HIHA CIC
2021-08-31T19:30:24+00:00

Janet Little

A pleasant way to spend time
Afternoon Tea whilst cruising along the River to Yarm on the Teesside Princess. Alison brought along some quizzes which the majority of us took part in when we could stop watching and waving to people on the riverbank. On the way back some of use kept joining in with the 'background' music. A very enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.

Liz Foulger

HIHA CIC
2021-08-31T19:31:20+00:00

Liz Foulger

A very enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.
A very pleasant afternoon trip to Yarm and back. We learnt a little about the history of each shore and the afternoon tea was good

Caroline Thompson

HIHA CIC
2021-08-31T19:32:11+00:00

Caroline Thompson

A very pleasant afternoon trip
A very enjoyable boat trip on the Teesside Princess with member's of our group and a lovely afternoon tea with quiz. An informative commentary by the captain during the trip on the local area. A photo for each of us as a memory of a delightful afternoon. Many thanks Alison

Margaret Agar

HIHA CIC
2021-08-31T19:33:23+00:00

Margaret Agar

A photo for each of us as a memory of a delightful afternoon
What a fantastic afternoon tea on the Teesside Princess with some lovely ladies and a quiz to boot! Nice to see so many enjoying themselves. Good food and chatter with lovely views from the boat. Well spent afternoon.

Robert Watson

HIHA CIC
2021-08-31T21:42:32+00:00

Robert Watson

Well spent afternoon
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Joyce Beadnall · September 2, 2021 at 9:14 pm

Afternoon tea on the Teesside Princess was a very enjoyable treat, with friends old and new.
I enjoyed the Captain’s commentary and the 3 varied quiz sheets certainly made me think!
The service was excellent too.

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