On 1st June 1954, 26 pupils and three adults (two teachers and one former pupil) set off on a school trip to Montreux, Switzerland.
Arriving in Montreux 24 hours later, the group were soon settled into the youth hostel at Montreux-Territet that was to be their residence for the next nine days. Over the following days, the group took a variety of excursions, including one by lake steamer to Lausanne-Ouchy and to Evian-les-Bains, and another by coach to visit a Nestlé factory at Bulle. There was also a trip to Geneva where they saw the UN building. The trip as a whole did not go entirely smoothly, though, with one of the girls being hospitalised with appendicitis and several pupils having days off with stomach aches.
On June 11th, the group started the long journey home by taking the train to Berne. Here they stayed a night and then on the 12th, they embarked on the train for home, via Bâle, Calais, Folkestone and London Victoria. The trains reached Ventnor late on the 13th with the pupils all having to be back at their school desks the following morning!
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