When Allan Rimmer comes home to Stephanie, his wife of 36 years, with the news that he is to be made redundant, all hell lets loose. Allan believes this to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Stephanie sees it only as, The End.
The news arrives in mid-December, with only 10 days to go before Christmas. There had been a withdrawal of government funding. The company would cease to trade. There were to be wholesale redundancies.
For Allan, the only possible reaction was a positive one, ‘from problems come opportunities’ and when they go to bed that night he quickly sinks into a deep sleep and dreams of sunnier climes, of foreign travel and adventures.
Stephanie tosses and turns most of that first night and dwells only on their forthcoming poverty and, The End.
As the days pass and they begin to take stock of their situation they reach an understanding together.Views: 286 | Enquiries: 5
Aged 60 and facing life after redundancy, Allan Rimmer thought of a myriad of alternatives. When others thought him mad, he believed that opportunities were waiting to be had. When his wife Stephanie wanted security and stability, he persuaded her to leap into the unknown.
When the chance for a ‘gap year’ arose, together they took a deep breath and made it all happen. In Allan’s own words, when he mixed a few ounces of initiative with a good dose of adventurous spirit, that was the moment when the idea for a real adventure, and ultimately a book, was born.
The Grey Gap Year is the story of how Allan & Stephanie faced and overcame obstacles which others may have found far too daunting. As a result of their determination to change the course of their lives they created a whole raft of new and wonderful memories which will last them far into the future.
This speech shares just a few of their more notable memories, along with their frustrations and adventures which they experienced in their ‘gap year’.
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