Visit to Palace of Westminster

On Saturday 10 November 21 members of the Nighingales and the Mens Group set off from Laindon railway station headed for Westminster to visit the Palace of Westminster (also known as The Houses of Parliament).

Arriving just before 2pm we went very efficiently through the security search and were all issued with a photo ID. We then met our guide, Joanne, in the great Westminster Hall. We then proceeded to walk to the far end of the buildings and our tour began following the route taken by The Queen when she attends to open Parliament every October.

We started in the magnificent robing room and walked through rooms steeped in history and Joanne explained both the history of the Palace and how it became Parliament 500 years ago.  We stopped in both the House of Lords and the House of Commons done in red and green respectively.

Joanne brought the history to life and all appeared enthralled by every word.  The tour lasted almost one and a  half hours and finished back in the Westminster hall where we then preceded to The Jubilee Cafe for tea and cakes before making our way back home. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit and a big thank you to Barbara Barr for organising the trip.

Bob Burton.

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