Portsmouth school pupils caught up in coach crisis

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SCHOOLCHILDREN returning from a trip to Poland found themselves stranded at Gatwick after Portsmouth coach company Aqua Travel went bust, as reported in The News.

The group of 11 to 16-year-olds from Mayfield High had just spent three days visiting Nazi concentration camps as well as exploring the historical sights in Krakow.

But when they landed at 11.30am last Thursday their coach did not show up, and assistant head Jon Reeves couldn’t get through to anyone on the phone.

He said: ‘I called my wife and asked her to email them but it bounced back. That’s when we realised something wasn’t right.

‘Our pupils took the three-hour delay in the stride. One of the youngest summed up the mood by saying “after what we’ve seen in Poland it was the least of our worries”.’

British Rail saved the day for the group of 23 pupils and teachers with a discount train ride to Fratton railway station for £68 altogether.