We said we’d go back and we did. A short train ride from East Lancashire and a walk from the vintage station, crossing the river, and along by the canal to the wonderful play area (where all I heard were southern accents, not a local one in earshot).
Then a stroll into the town centre – which seems to have recovered from the floods. Watched the ducks, which seem to have multiplied since our last visit and have made one side of the river bank a virtual no-go area with all their excrement, and listened to a busker nearby.
We had a decent lunch, did a bit of shopping, the rain held off and we enjoyed the relaxed vibe before heading back across the border.