Annual London trip

Forfar Academy pupils on a recent trip to London.
Forfar Academy pupils on a recent trip to London.

Forfar Academy pupils recently returned from a thrilling four-day excursion to London for an exciting school trip.

Four members of staff and 40 senior pupils made the long journey by train to the English capital on Wednesday, October 1.

The teens took in performances of award-winning musical Matilda, Wicked and Mamma Mia, visited the stunning poppy display at the Tower of London and toured the city’s sights led by teacher Mr Martin.

Months of careful planning had gone into the excursion that got under way with an early morning train from Dundee to King’s Cross.

The group enjoyed some free time upon their arrival - spent largely in Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre, Westfield - before meeting for dinner and the performance of Matilda.

The next day began with an earlier start and a visit to the Tower of London, where the beautiful poppy display is in place to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, with 888,249 ceramic poppies in the Tower’s moat.

There was then a visit to Westminster, the London Eye, Parliamentary Square and Mr Martin’s famous Walking Tour of London.

That tour took in Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and Covent Garden before the group enjoyed Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre.

Friday saw a birthday celebration for Liam Raitt, the poor lad mortified by the group singing Happy Birthday on a packed underground - with some commuters even joining in!

They then visited the Harry Potter experience at the Warner Bros Studio in Watford, a long journey that was well worth the trip. Pupils rode broomsticks, drank Butterbeer and soaked up the magic.

There was more shopping and a trip to see Wicked before the return journey on Saturday.