There were over 300 applicants for places on the coach which were allocated by ballot, and those lucky enough to have their names drawn for a place on the trip were taken by Southern Vectis Coach, via Red Funnel Ferry, to the Palace of Westminster where they had the opportunity to take a guided tour. Then there was then some free time in London before the coach collected them and brought them back to the Island.
The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner commented:
“This is the second trip I have organised and, once again, I am very grateful to Southern Vectis for supplying their coach and a driver and to Red Funnel for donating a crossing to allow 50 Islanders to travel to London, look around the Houses of Parliament and do some pre-Christmas shopping – all for free.
“From comments received, I know everyone who took advantage of the guided tour found it very interesting, some commented that they felt it helped them to better understand what goes on in Parliament. Some people also managed to pick up some Christmas presents or do a little sightseeing. All in all it was very successful trip and I will certainly look at doing the same thing again this time next year”.
A collection on the coach for the Isle Drive Safe – Remember Evey charity raised £220.