Bite in the Big Apple

PUBLISHED: 12:44 03 March 2006 | UPDATED: 21:44 28 May 2010

The Chatteris students in Central Park, New York

The Chatteris students in Central Park, New York

THE worst New York blizzards in 50 years delayed Chatteris Cromwell College students on their US trip, with some forced to stay overnight at a London hotel. But finally all 58 students and 19 staff touched down in the snowy city, albeit a day late, and ce

THE worst New York blizzards in 50 years delayed Chatteris Cromwell College students on their US trip, with some forced to stay overnight at a London hotel.But finally all 58 students and 19 staff touched down in the snowy city, albeit a day late, and celebrated with an 'eat all you can' breakfast in Planet Hollywood.Chris Terry, head of English, who organised the week-long trip, said: "We ended up arriving more than 24 hours late because JFK Airport had been closed. But we made up for it once we were there."I was just relieved we didn't have to cancel, as the students had saved so hard and so long for it."It was an amazing trip with visits to Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, Hard Rock Cafe, the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park, which was beautiful in the snow."We took students to the top of the Empire State Building at nightfall and standing back to listen to their reactions as they looked out over the city of New York, was something to remember."Staff also took the 15 and 16-year- olds to Ground Zero in the evening where they were able to appreciate the eerie silence of the scene minus the daytime bustle.Mr Terry said: "One part of it is still covered by plastic sheeting and the silence there is tangible.Mr Terry said everyone had had a fabulous time and that Planet Hollywood - which they visited twice - had written to the college praising them for the great behaviour of their students.

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