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Ruth Smeeth MP welcomes Kidsgrove Friendship Club to Parliament

Parliament trip Oct 2016

On 26 October a group of people from the Kidsgrove Friendship club, as well as residents from the area, enjoyed a coach trip to London with a guided tour around the Houses of Parliament.

Plans for the trip began in 2015 when newly elected MP Ruth Smeeth visited the club to meet the members. On her first visit, she invited the group down to Parliament to join her for the tour. Over the past few months, Project Development Officer Matt Ford has worked closely with Cllr Kyle Robinson to make the trip a reality.

Together with Cllr Robinson’s help and funding by the Rotary Club and Newcastle Borough Council, 50 older people enjoyed a day out in the capital.

Matt kept them entertained throughout the long journey with games, with everyone getting into the spirit.

On their arrival at the Palace of Westminster, they were met by a small group of MPs who welcomed them to London. They were then shown around the Houses of Parliament and had the opportunity to listen to a session taking place in the House of Lords.

After their Parliamentary visit they took a leisurely coach tour through London, taking in the sights and sounds of the city. They visited Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square among other places, enjoying the tourist highlights.

One older lady who isn’t a regular at the club but who had decided to come on the London trip broke into tears when they stood at the gates of Parliament. When asked if she was okay, she confided that she had never been to London before. She said that it had always been her dream to visit the city and especially to see the Houses of Parliament. She said the trip was one of the best days of her life.

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