Dear reader, Driver 308’s story continues as below, happy reading.
Day 4 July 7th 2022
Alison and I had to be ready to leave Guildford Holiday Inn at 07:30 with the convoy. Consequently Trevor and I had to get up at 05:30 in order to get to Guildford in time to have breakfast before the convoy left for Tonbridge.
We were the allocated pickup shuttle in Tonbridge and simply followed the convoy, which had a police motor cycle escort . Driving with a blur light police escort means obeying ALL instructions from the police officers and may mean ignoring red traffic lights, going the wrong way down streets or round roundabouts, driving on the wrong side of the road. The police bikers are amazing, as a driver one has to be on the look out for them whenever they are behind, because they can and do come psat on either side through gaps which simply don’t exist, weaving through traffic.
After Tonbridge we left the convoy to make our way to Canterbury. A couple of photos near the Guildhall in Canterbury, where we stopped for our lunch.
We were to be drop-off shuttle traveling through the pedestrianised shopping centre, with a police escort in front of the Pilot vehicle.
After completing our drop off we were finished for the day and made our way to the Holiday Inn Maidstone, although I was in the overspill hotel at Chatham. Although it involved a 15 minute journey each way the benefit was having one’s own room.