I have just picked up my teenage son from Kings Road this evening as he returned from a trip to Brownsea Island this morning with Chandler’s Ford Cubs and Beavers.
It turned out to be an eventful day.
My son asked me if I had read the news during the day.
I was having lunch and coffee with friends in Eastleigh.
When I checked the news, this was what I read:
Cub and Beaver scouts and their leaders set off from Kings Road Scout HQ from Chandler’s Ford this morning. They left at half past eight with the coach company, Wheelers.
The scouts were on two coaches. For some unknown reason, one of the two coaches they were travelling in caught fire on the A31 in the New Forest just after 9am. My son was on this coach.
Chris Brook captured the moment the coach was on fire:
— Chris Brook (@CJB246) June 11, 2016
Luckily, everyone on this coach had got out safely, before the coach was gutted by fire. No one was injured.
— Heart South News (@HeartSouthNews) June 11, 2016
— Burley Fire Station (@BurleyFire52) June 11, 2016
One lane of the carriageway was closed as firefighters fought the blaze.
Other than this unexpected and dramatic event in the morning, the whole trip was a huge success.
My son told me that on Brownsea Island they saw lots of wildlife, including a deer, wood ants, peacocks, chickens and the Brownsea Island red squirrel.
As a parent, I would like to thank all the Scout leaders for their leadership today. I know the children all had a wonderful time.
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