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Ann Davidson's Ashfield School Trip

Ann Davidson 14 in 1956
Ashfield Secondary School, Belfast

London Visit 1956 Monday, April 2nd - Wednesday, April 11th
Joseph H. Bradshaw, London, Easter 1956
Address in London: c/o Ashfield Secondary Schools' Party, Hotel Astor
26-30 Craven Hill Gardens, Lancaster Gate, London W.2.

Programme - Monday April 2nd: Party assembles at Bloomfield Avenue (N'Ards Road end). By Coach to Heysham Steamer 8.00 p.m.   Steamer departs for Heysham. To Berths on Steamer not later that 10 p.m. please 9.40 p.m.
Tuesday April 3rd: Arrive Heysham approx 5.00 a.m.   Train departs 6.30 a.m.   Breakfast on Train.   Arrive London approx 11.35 a.m.   Transfer to Hotel.   Lunch 12.30 p.m.   Afternoon: Sightseeing by bus - Introduction to London Transport.   Return to Hotel for Dinner. 6.30p.m.   Early to bed on first night!

The British Broadcasting...
Complimentary Ticket - Cam(era One)
Kenneth Horne, Shepherd's Bush
Wednesday April 4th: Morning: To Westminster Abbey by London Underground. 9.30 a.m. Then via St. James' Park and the Mall to view the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Return via the Mall and Horse Guards Palace to Whitehall. Lunch 12.30 p.m.   Afternoon: To Tower of London to see Crown Jewels, etc. 2.00p.m. Dinner 6.00 p.m. Evening: Visit to B.B.C. Television Studios - Kenneth Horne Programme "Camera 1" 7.00p.m.

John? Browne - Clive Allen - Max Bygraves
Thursday April 5th: Morning: Visit to Royal Mint 9.30a.m. Lunch 12.30p.m.  Afternoon: Houses of Parliament at Westminster. Kindly organised by Col. A. McKibbin, O.B.E., D.L., M.P. Member of Parliament for East Belfast. A "Belfast Telegraph" Photographer will meet the Party at Westminster. Dinner 6.30p.m.  Evening: Theatre Show in West End of London 7.30p.m.

Friday April 6th: Morning: Girls. (1) Kensington Palace Coronation Robes, etc. are on view. (2) Then via Underground from Queensway Station to Bond Street Station for window shopping. Boys. To Science Museum - Developments from Stephenson's 'Rocket' to Whittle's jet 'plane. Lunch 12.30p.m.  Afternoon: By coach to London Airport, with conducted tour of the Airport and Terminal Buildings. Dinner 6.30p.m.

signed D. Blanchflower at bottom
Ulster Pupils to see London Soccer Match - Thirty boys and girls from Ashfield secondary schools, Belfast, now visiting London, have been given free grandstand seats for to-morrow's first division football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa. They became the guests of the club through the influence of Danny Blanchflower, the Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland captain, whom they will meet shortly before the game. A present is being given by the children to Mr. Blanchflower. Last night the party visited the London Hippodrome where six of their number were received during an interval by Max Bygraves, the comedian to whom they gave a gift for his children. Led by Mrs. J. H. Bradshaw, Mr. Tony Flack, Miss Maureen Dickson and Mrs. Ellie Thompson of the teaching staff at Ashfield schools, the pupils are making a thorough tour of the capital's principal sights before returning on April 11. Yesterday they were taken over the Houses of Parliament by Mr. Alan McKibbin, M.P., for East Belfast. The Royal Mint, Kensington Palace, London Airport, and the B.B.C. television studios are also in their itinerary.
Saturday April 7th: Morning: Shopping - a first look at the Shops. You are advised not to buy until Monday morning - Study prices instead! Lunch 12.30p.m.  Afternoon: Visit to a Sports fixture and a greeting from Ireland's Football Captain - Mr. D. Blanchflower. Dinner 6.30p.m.  Evening: Saturday night in London. Walk around the "bright lights." 8.00p.m.

Sunday April 8th Morning: Church Service 9.30a.m.  Afternoon: To grounds of Hampton Court Palace via the River Thames, returning by train. Dinner 6.30p.m.  Evening: Church Service 7.00p.m.

signed R. Verguson
Monday April 9th Morning: Shopping in Oxford Street and Regent Street 9.30a.m. Lunch 12.30p.m.  Afternoon: Visit to Shell-Mex House, one of London's largest buildings, with a wonderful view from the roof. The Management are kindly entertaining the party to tea. Dinner 6.30p.m.  Evening: Activity for our final evening will be arranged 6.30p.m.

Fleet Street in the morning to Belfast Telegraph
Tuesday April 10th: Morning: Free for packing, etc. Lunch 12.30p.m.  Afternoon: Leave for Euston Station. 5.00p.m.  train departs for Heysham. 6.20p.m.  Dinner on Train. Embarkation on Steamer immediately on arrival at Heysham. Berth on Steamer.

Wednesday April 11th: Arrive Donegall Quay approx. 7.00a.m.
The Tour concludes on arrival at Donegall Quay. Parents and pupils please make their own arrangements from there.

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1) TV To Anne Good Luck George Houston?
2) TV Helen Twines?
3) Maureen Dickson? Best Wishes Easter 1956 London
4) Ellie M. Thompson Hotel Astor 1956 xxx
5) TV Morgan "Thunderclap" Jones
6) A. D. Fleck

Belfast Pupils Fourteen-year-old Ann Davidson photographs Colonel Alan McKibbin, M.P. for East Belfast, during a visit to the Houses of Parliament by pupils and teachers from Ashfield Secondary Schools, Belfast
Westminster Hall Parliament Custadian (Custodian) B. C. Orm????? 22

                                                                                                                                 D. Blanchflower

Madame Tussauds

Phyllis Turner - Edna Redpath - Mary Foreman - Margaret Gordon - Laraine Graham - Ruby E. Cathcart
Ethel French - Joy McClean - Bea McConnell - Edith Simms - Elizabeth Gordon - Maureen Johnston
Yvonne Alexander - Georgie Conway - Ivy Gillespie - Terry Williamson - Billy Rodgers
B. Roxborough - Roy Ferguson - Stewart Reid - H. Binny? - David Irwin - Sam Douglas


Works Outing 1958

Butlins 1959

July 25th 1959

                                                   Bellevue                       Ormeau Park all 1959

Barnetts Park  1959