Members of the Eco and School Council visited London on Thursday 28th April to visit the Houses of Parliament. It was a very long day as we met at Lancaster Station at 7.15am and didn’t return home until 8pm. During the day we travelled on the train, twice on the Tube, on a red London Bus and even a cruise on the River Thames. After a fascinating tour around the Houses of Parliament and a workshop in the new Education Centre and we met our local MP, Cat Smith, who spent 20 minutes with us answering all our questions.
Throughout the long and busy day the children’s behaviour was exemplary – as always. We were very proud of you all.
Our thanks go to Mr Poole, unofficial tour guide for the day, and Mr Thomas, Officer in charge of marching us very quickly, for their good will and good humour.
When we arrived at Westminster we saw a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette who was a key campaigner in getting the vote for women. All the ‘girls’ had their photograph taken beneath this inspirational woman.
At the end of the our of the Houses of Parliament the group had their photograph taken on the steps of the very famous, one thousand year old, Westminster Hall.
At the end of our workshop Cat Smith, the MP for Lancaster, came and spoke to us for 20 minutes about her life as an MP and answered all our questions. She had left a debate on Autism in the House Of Commons to come and join us so we were very grateful for her time.
It was then on to a picnic in St James’ Park before a walk to see if the Queen was at home in Buckingham Palace – she wasn’t I’m afraid.
( more to come )