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Winter 2010



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BYAG Trip to London

The Monday of the October half term holiday saw 53 residents of Barrow set off on a coach trip to London, organised by Barrow Youth Action Group as a family event.

The trip included an organised tour around the Houses of Parliament, with the afternoon free to enjoy the sights and sounds of the capital. The M1 on a Monday morning is never the best place to be and we arrived with minutes to spare for our tour. Having cleared the tight security at the Visitors Entrance to the Houses of Parliament, we made our way to Westminster Hall where we were split into two groups and went off with our respective tour guides.

Westminster Hall was completed in 1099 and designed to host great state occasions, including most recently the visit of the Pope. It is customary for monarchs to lie in state here after their death and we saw plaques remembering those who lay in state, including Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The tour then passed through the main lobby areas and we were able to visit both the House of Lords and House of Commons as these weren't sitting until the afternoon. The Houses of Parliament are magnificent buildings, rich in history, and are well worth a visit if you get the opportunity.

Fame spotters were disappointed as a quick straw poll indicated that the only MP spotted was David Laws, the recently disgraced Liberal Democrat MP!

Vanessa Lane