1954 Summer holidays - arriving home on BOAC
Thanks to Ron Rakusen for sending this photo. He writes:
I started at Boarding School in the UK in April 1952 and next saw my parents in HK when I flew there for the summer holidays in 1954.
It being my first time, I did not know what was involved but soon found out. Jardines, who I believe were the BOAC agents made sure that all children flying out to HK were “collected” to arrive at Heathrow on a particular date and all flew out on the same plane so that it was “easier” to control them etc. Therefore, as many schools had different end of term dates, I had to stay with my guardian for a few days and then got taken to Heathrow for the flight.
We duly set off from the Nissen Hut terminal at Heathrow on a BOAC Britannia for HK. I do not recall all the stops that Roy’s letter mentions and as far as I can remember we only stopped at Karachi and Rangoon. Maybe I was too busy playing with other children on the flight! I do recall that when we got bored, we had pillow fights where we threw the headrest pillows at each other down the plane aisles – I do not recall anyone getting punished!
At Rangoon we stayed overnight in a “hotel” which I remember had lots of small lizards crawling all over the walls and ceilings. Not harmful but scary for us children!
The next morning we flew on to HK and duly landed at Kai Tak. As it was a plane full of children coming for the holidays, there were all the parents waiting and the SCMP reporters were also there. I attach a photo of the children on the gangway which appeared in the next day’s paper.
I do not know the exact date but maybe you can find out from the SCMP. I do not know if anyone in Jardines would know more about how these flights were arranged and where they stopped.
I will not identify which one was me but I do remember three of those in the photo!! Maybe others will come forward and identify themselves and they can contact me.
If you can tell us any more about these school-run flights or recognise anyone in the photo, please let us know in the comments below.
We're heading to the airport this evening, where hopefully something faster than a Brittania will fly us to Heathrow. Then it's summer holidays with the family, so there won't much new from me on Gwulo over the next few weeks.
Have a good summer, and safe travels if you're heading overseas.
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