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School trips to Spain without budget airlines
Easter used to be a popular time for trips, despite local weather being sometimes described as “dismal”. In 1963 members of the Central Youth Club went to Humphrey Head, while four coach-loads of Riddlesden and Sandbeds Methodists set out for Brimham Rocks and Great Whernside. Three parties from the Keighley Boys’ Grammar School visited respectively Scotland, Norway and the continent.
Here that April are pupils and teachers from Holycroft School about to leave for a ten-day holiday at Lloret De Mar in Spain. The photograph has been supplied by Mr J P Thornton, of High Street, Steeton, who describes travel arrangements of half a century ago.
“As near as I remember we set off around seven o’clock in the evening from Keighley station and travelled overnight to London, then crossed London by tube to catch another train to Newhaven on the south coast, then by cross-channel ferry to Dieppe in France, then by train to Paris.
“A coach then took us across Paris to another station where we got a train that took us on another overnight journey down through France and across the border into Spain, and finally another coach took us to Lloret, making a total non-stop journey time of an estimated 38 to 40 hours. And it had to be done all over again to return home.”