CGMT On Tour Day 7 – This is London
Everybody up! Everybody up! Everybody up! That old phrase was so appropriate for this morning of the tour. Today we were heading to London and that meant an early start was required. So as the clock struck 6:45am Ayanah Gordan-Wallace was committing our journey ahead to God in pray and off we went.
The journey from the Midlands took us past Birmingham and Oxford as he headed down one of the UK’s major motorways the M40, toward London. It was a relatively easy journey all the way down but as expected there was a quiet van as most of the team were trying to catch up on some additional sleep after this early start.
After just over 3 hours, we arrived at William Morris Primary after 10am to be greeted by our host and then we waited for the full school to assemble. Throughout the week the team were really impressed with the precision with which the filling of halls with students happen in the UK. Each Year group files in and everyone just knows exactly what to do, it was typical routine, but impressive.
As this was going to be the final school on the tour it was important to leave a really lasting legacy from the week. Our two key themes of being the best that you can be and respect interlaced with our Christian faith proved again to be a good approach. Soon it was ‘everyone on their feet’ and the music of Pasquin, Curtis, and Ayanah really grabbed the pupil’s attention. Throughout the week Icha has been managing the onset of a cold that is threatening his voice so he kept his presentations mostly around African dance, this was a real hit all week. It was no different today, to see the smiling faces of both pupils and staff was a true delight and made the team felt extra special. After 40 minutes it was time to wrap up and to draw a line under what was a week spent in UK schools sowing seeds of our faith and providing some inspiration for these young people. We hope that the messages of the songs will remain with them for a long time.
We left the school to head up to London to visit the sights and see this world famous city and all it has to offer. We made a brief stop to bid farewell to Guvna B who joined us this week on the tour and will join the tour again on the Trinidad leg – what nice guy! The team took the train into Central London, got the Underground to Westminster and visited the House of Parliament, London Eye and Buckingham Palace. The walk through Green Park was beautiful and there were many photos taken to secure these memories for the future.
Before we knew it the rush hour had started in London and it felt like time to head home. The experience of being on the London Underground will be one to remember and will likely join the catalog of ‘do you remember when’ stories that will be told back home.
After driving back across London it was back on the M40 again to head back up to Wolverhampton. We made a brief stop in Oxford to do our final interview on W107.1FM in Trinidad to provide an update about the week overall and the day that we spent in London.
Next stop, Beyond Borders UK Concert.