Dick Whittington's journey to London

MAY I express my most grateful thanks to all who supported my recent journey to London on an invalid carriage to promote the saving of the Tropicana

MAY I express my most grateful thanks to all who supported my recent journey to London on an invalid carriage to promote the saving of the Tropicana and to present a petition to the Prime Minister about the appallingly low state pension. The financial contributions paid for camp sites, lodging and petrol for the support vehicle with its trailer and spare 'buggy', which we had to use on two occasions. We paid for our own food. The contributions in kind for the trailer will be utilised in its future charity role.We left on a perfect summer's day from the Italian Gardens and after visiting the scouts' centenary beach party headed for London on a journey of 11 days, generally camping at night on camp sites of the Caravan and Camping Club. We travelled some 200 miles mostly on minor roads across the Somerset Levels, Salisbury Plain and then heading to London.We presented a letter from our mayor to the Lord Mayor of London and then made our way to 10 Downing Street with our petition of some 450 signatures, a token of the over 11 million pensioners suffering as the result of a low pension. My youngest son Mark, who had been my stalwart guardian, cyclist outrider, and companion, drove us back to Weston the same evening. It had been a memorable journey across an England that is still a green and pleasant land with hundreds of well wishers for the journey and the causes. Mission accomplished, and I even heard St Clement Dane's bells ringing Oranges and Lemons. That, after 200 miles, was something for even Dick Whittington to remember. Thank you all.RICHARD 'DICK' WHITTINGTON - Atlantic Road South, Weston


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